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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:   speaking rate across languages
Author:   Julio Santiago
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Language Family:  Indo-European

Query:   Dear linguists:

I am working on cross-linguistic differences in language production, mainly those between germanic languages (English, Dutch, German) and Romanic languages (Spanish, French). Does anybody know of any evidence regarding differences in speaking rate between English and Spanish?

Of course, speaking can be measured in number of words, syllables and phonemes per time unit (among other choices). The most interesting measure for me would be number of syllables per time unit, but I will welcome ideas of any kind, as the literature on this question seems to be very limited.

I will post a summary to the list. Thank you all very much.

LL Issue: 14.3361
Date posted: 05-Dec-2003


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