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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


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Title: 'Children aged 2 ; 1 use transitive syntax to make a semantic-role interpretation in a pointing task'
Author: MiriamDittmar
Institution: 'Universit├Ąt Z├╝rich'
Author: MichaelSharwood-Smith
Institution: 'Heriot Watt University'
Author: ElenaV.Lieven
Institution: 'Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology'
Author: MichaelTomasello
Institution: 'Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition; Psycholinguistics; Semantics; Syntax'
Subject Language: 'English'
Abstract: The current study used a forced choice pointing paradigm to examine whether English children aged 2 ; 1 can use abstract knowledge of the relationship between word order position and semantic roles to make an active behavioural decision when interpreting active transitive sentences with novel verbs, when the actions are identical in the target and foil video clips. The children pointed significantly above chance with novel verbs but only if the final trial was excluded. With familiar verbs the children pointed consistently above chance. Children aged 2 ; 7 did not show these tiring effects and their performance in the familiar and novel verb conditions was always equivalent.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 38, Issue 5, which you can read on Cambridge's site .



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