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The Social Origins of Language

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Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution


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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

By Thomas Hoffmann

This is the first study that empirically investigates preposition placement across all clause types. The study compares first-language (British English) and second-language (Kenyan English) data and will therefore appeal to readers interested in world Englishes. Over 100 authentic corpus examples are discussed in the text, which will appeal to those who want to see 'real data'


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Title: Orienting to third-party conversations
Author: Carmen Martínez-Sussmann
Institution: University of California
Author: Nameera Akhtar
Institution: University of California
Author: Gil Diesendruck
Institution: Bar-Ilan University
Author: Lori Markson
Institution: Washington University
Linguistic Field: Language Acquisition
Abstract: Children as young as two years of age are able to learn novel object labels through overhearing, even when distracted by an attractive toy (Akhtar, ). The present studies varied the information provided about novel objects and examined which elements (i.e. novel versus neutral information and labels versus facts) toddlers chose to monitor, and what type of information they were more likely to learn. In Study 1, participants learned only the novel label and the novel fact containing a novel label. In Study 2, only girls learned the novel label. Neither girls nor boys learned the novel fact. In both studies, analyses of children's gaze patterns suggest that children who learned the new information strategically oriented to the third-party conversation.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 38, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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