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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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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

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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: Information Structure
Subtitle: Theoretical, Typological, and Experimental Perspectives
Description:

In this book leading scholars provide state-of-the-art overviews of
approaches to the formal expression of information structure in natural
language and its interaction with general principles of human cognition and
communication. They present critical accounts of current understanding of
how aspects of grammar, such as prosody, syntax, morphology, semantics, and
pragmatics, interact in the packing and unpacking of information in
communication. They also look at the psycholinguistics behind the
production and perception of information-structural categories. The book
reflects the advances in recent research on all central aspects of the
subject, including concepts of focus versus background, topic versus
comment, and given versus new, and the kinds of inferences required to make
sense of different combinations of words, syntax, intonation, and context.
The chapters include typological and diachronic perspectives on information
structure. Taken as a whole the book demonstrates the productive value of
combining theoretical and experimental approaches.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Psycholinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199570957
ISBN-13: 9780199570959
Pages: 432
Prices: U.S.$ 125.00