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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

Academic Paper

Title: Concord, convergence and accommodation in bilingual children
Author: Andrew Radford
Institution: University of Essex
Author: Tanja Kupisch
Author: Regina Köppe
Institution: Universität Hamburg
Author: Gabriele Azzaro
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Institution: Università degli Studi di Bologna
Linguistic Field: Morphology; Psycholinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper examines the syntax of GENDER CONCORD in mixed utterances where bilingual children switch between a modifier in one language and a noun in another. Particular attention is paid to how children deal with potential gender mismatches between modifier and noun, i.e., if one of the languages has grammatical gender but the other does not, or if one of the languages has a ternary gender system and the other a binary one. We show that the English–Italian and French–German bilingual children in our study accommodate the gender properties of the noun to those of its modifiers in such cases, in order to ensure convergence.


This article appears IN Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 10, Issue 3.

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