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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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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

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Academic Paper


Title: 'Specific language impairment at adolescence: Avoiding complexity'
Author: LauriceTuller
Institution: 'Université François-Rabelais'
Author: CéliaHenry
Institution: 'Institut de Rééducation de la Communication'
Author: EvaSizaret
Institution: 'Regional University Hospital Center (CHRU)'
Author: Marie-AnneBarthez
Institution: 'Regional University Hospital Center (CHRU)'
Linguistic Field: 'Psycholinguistics; Syntax'
Subject Language: 'French'
Abstract: This study explores complex language in adolescents with specific language impairment (SLI) with the aim of finding out how aspects of language characteristic of typical syntactic development after childhood fare and, in particular, whether there is evidence that individuals with SLI avoid using structures whose syntactic derivation involves greater computational complexity. An analysis of spontaneous language samples of 18 French-speaking adolescents with SLI, compared to groups of typically developing speakers, showed that whereas complexity increases with age in the latter, behaviors of avoidance are clear in the former, in the form of low frequencies of complex structures, but also frequency of failed attempts and alternative strategies. Whereas increasing complexity is the hallmark of syntactic development after childhood, avoidance of complexity appears to characterize SLI after childhood.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site .



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