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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin


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Title: The Atoms of Language
Subtitle: The Mind's Hidden Rules of Grammar
Written By: MarkC.Baker
URL: http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/basic/book_detail.jsp?isbn=0465005225
Description:

Whether all human languages are fundamentally the same or different has
been a subject of debate for ages. This problem has deep philosophical
implications: If languages are all the same, it implies a fundamental
commonality--and thus mutual intelligibility--of human thought. We are now
on the verge of solving this problem. Using a twenty-year-old theory
proposed by the world's greatest living linguist, Noam Chomsky, researchers
have found that the similarities among languages are more profound than the
differences. Languages whose grammars seem completely incompatible may in
fact be structurally almost identical, except for a difference in one
simple rule. The discovery of these rules and how they may vary promises to
yield a linguistic equivalent of the Periodic Table of the Elements: a
single framework by which we can understand the fundamental structure of
all human language. This is a landmark breakthrough both within
linguistics, which will herewith finally become a full-fledged science, and
in our understanding of the human mind.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: Basic Books
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0465005217
ISBN-13: N/A
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