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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

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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 Interactional Instinct
Subtitle: The Evolution and Acquisition of Language
Written By: AnnaDina L.Joaquin
AndreaW.Mates
JohnH.Schumann
Description:

"The Interactional Instinct" explores the evolution of language from the
theoretical view that language could have emerged without a biologically
instantiated Universal Grammar. In the first part of the book, the authors
speculate that a hominid group with a lexicon of about 600 words could
combine these items to make larger meanings. Combinations that are
successfully produced, comprehended, and learned become part of the
language. Any combination that is incompatible with human mental capacities
is abandoned. The authors argue for the emergence of language structure
through interaction constrained by human psychology and physiology.

In the second part of the book, the authors argue that language acquisition
is based on an "interactional instinct" that emotionally entrains the
infant on caregivers. This relationship provides children with a
motivational and attentional mechanism that ensures their acquisition of
language. In adult second language acquisition, the interactional instinct
is no longer operating, but in some individuals with sufficient aptitude
and motivation, successful second-language acquisition can be achieved.

"The Interactional Instinct" presents a theory of language based on
linguistic, evolutionary, and biological evidence indicating that language
is a culturally inherited artifact that requires no a priori hard wiring of
linguistic knowledge.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195384237
ISBN-13: 9780195384239
Pages: 256
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ISBN: 0195384245
ISBN-13: 9780195384246
Pages: 256
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