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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:   ASL as L2
Author:   Megan Elizabeth Melancon
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s):  American Sign Language

Query:   Dear Linguists,

Can anyone help me with references or publications about deaf children who
have parents who do not speak English? The L1 of the child would be the
'other' language (i.e. Spanish), but the child would learn American Sign
Language at school, and thereby communicate by signing or spelling English
words. It seems a bit odd to refer to the primary communication method
(ASL) of a deaf person as his or her L2, but it would not be the
'mother-tongue' per se.

I'll post a summary if enough replies come in. Please respond to my
e-mail address:

Many thanks,

Megan Melancon
Louisiana State University
LL Issue: 9.202
Date posted: 10-Feb-1998


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