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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

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Query Subject:   vocative case and DPs
Author:   James T. Myers
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   I'm mildly curious about formal analyses of the internal structure of vocatives, but there seems to be very little research on this. Two specific (probably unrelated) questions. First, given its role as a discourse element that couldn't possibly be more adjunctish, how (and more importantly why) does the vocative get case (overtly marked in more than one language family)? Second, if proper names and "the" phrases are both DPs, why can only the former be used in the vocative (again, in more than one language)? E.g. if you want the Thing to pass you the salt, you'd say "Hey, Thing, pass me the salt", not *"Hey, the Thing, pass me the salt." James Myers Graduate Institute of Linguistics National Chung Cheng University Min-Hsiung, Chia-Yi 621 TAIWAN Lngmyers at ccu dot edu dot tw
LL Issue: 15.667
Date posted: 22-Feb-2004


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