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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

Academic Paper

Title: 'The Early Language in Victoria Study: Predicting vocabulary at age one and two years from gesture and object use'
Author: EdithL.Bavin
Institution: 'La Trobe University'
Author: M.Prior
Institution: 'University of Melbourne'
Author: SheenaReilly
Institution: 'Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children''s Hospital'
Author: LesleyBretherton
Institution: 'University of Melbourne'
Author: J.Williams
Institution: 'Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children''s Hospital'
Author: P.Eadie
Institution: 'The Royal Children''s Hospital'
Author: Y.Barrett
Institution: 'Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The Royal Children''s Hospital'
Author: O. C.Ukoumunne
Institution: 'University of Melbourne'
Linguistic Field: 'Psycholinguistics'
Abstract: The Macarthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories (CDI) have been used widely to document early communicative development. The paper reports on a large community sample of 1,447 children recruited from low, middle and high socioeconomic (SES) areas across metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. Regression analyses were conducted to determine the extent to which communicative behaviours reported at 0 ; 8 and 1 ; 0 predicted vocabulary development at 1 ; 0 and 2 ; 0. In support of previous findings with smaller, often less representative samples, gesture and object use at 1 ; 0 were better predictors of 2 ; 0 vocabulary than were gesture and object use at 0 ; 8. At 1 ; 0, children from the lower SES groups were reported to understand more words than children from the higher SES groups, but there were no SES differences for words produced at 1 ; 0 or 2 ; 0. The findings add to our understanding of the variability in the development of early communicative behaviours.


This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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