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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

Query Details

Query Subject:   Methods and Motivations of Inventing Languages
Author:   Susan Meredith Burt
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   hello, All!

A student of mine is interested in the motivations and methods of those who
invent languages as the outgrowth of fiction, such as Klingon, Ladan or
Elvish. Has anyone done work on this?

Please reply to me off-list; I will post a summary if there seems to be
sufficient interest.

Many thanks!

Susan Burt

Department of English
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4240
Normal, IL 61790-4240

my best guess at an email address:
LL Issue: 11.912
Date posted: 19-Apr-2000


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