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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

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Academic Paper


Title: 'Acoustical Cues and Grammatical Units in Speech to Two Preverbal Infants'
Author: MelanieSoderstrom
Institution: 'Brown University'
Author: MeganBlossom
Institution: 'University of Kansas'
Author: RinaFoygel
Institution: 'Brown University'
Author: JamesL.Morgan
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Institution: 'Brown University'
Linguistic Field: 'Phonetics; Phonology; Syntax; Pragmatics'
Abstract: The current study examines the syntactic and prosodic characteristics of the maternal speech to two infants between six and ten months. Consistent with previous work, we find infant-directed speech to be characterized by generally short utterances, isolated words and phrases, and large numbers of questions, but longer utterances are also found. Prosodic information provides cues to grammatical units not only at utterance boundaries, but also at utterance-internal clause boundaries. Subject–verb phrase boundaries in questions also show reliable prosodic cues, although those of declaratives do not. Prosodic information may thus play an important role in providing preverbal infants with information about the grammatically relevant word groupings. Furthermore, questions may play an important role in infants' discovery of verb phrases in English.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 4, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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