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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:   comprehension/production
Author:   Kirk Hazen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   Dear LINGUIST list:

Does anyone know if it is possible for people to be able to ''fluently''
a language but not be able to (somewhat) fluently produce it?

For example, I speak English and French, and although I can understand bits
of Italian I am mostly lost in the language. Could someone acquire the
of a language without acquiring the production in that language?

When speaking of dialects in a language, the standard belief is that a
person can
understand multiple dialects of the same language without necessarily having
the productive ability in those same dialects.

Thanks and I will post a summary.

Kirk Hazen, Ph.D. Phone: (304) 293-3107x414
Assistant Professor of English Fax: (304) 293-5380
Department of English
West Virginia University
PO Box 6296 Morgantown West Virginia 26506-6296
LL Issue: 10.1050
Date posted: 08-Jul-1999


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