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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:   Aspect in the Baltic Languages
Author:   Rose Thomas
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Language Family:  Eastern Baltic

Query:   Dear Linguists,

Can anybody give me any information on how Perfective/Imperfective Aspect is expressed in the Baltic Indo-European languages (Lithuanian and Latvian)? Is it expressed via the use of a prefix to indicate Perfectivity, as in Russian? Or, since I know that Latvian, at least, uses its genitive case with Partitive function, is the aspectual distinction indicated, as in the Baltic Finnic languages, by an Accusative/Partitive genitive alternation? Or do these languages use a mixture of both? So far, the information I have been able to find relating to this matter has been contradicatory, so I would be very grateful if anyone could clear this up.

Rose Thomas
LL Issue: 8.1471
Date posted: 12-Oct-1997


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