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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:   falsifiability in OT
Author:   Christopher Hogan
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Historical Linguistics

Query:   Cheers!

I once read that the natural evolution of a language is from
analytic to synthetic. I've been unable to find that assertion
since, and am wondering if I made it up. Have any of you heard
such a thing, or, what are your comments on the theory?


Melanie Misanchuk

Department of French Italian and Spanish
University of Calgary
Calgary Alberta Canada
LL Issue: 8.457
Date posted: 05-Apr-1997


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