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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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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:   relative word order frequencies in English discourse
Author:   Frederick Newmeyer
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Can anybody tell me where to find statistics on relative word order
frequencies in English discourse? What I have in mind is the
percentage of utterances that are S-V-O, where S and O are full noun
phrases; the % where S and/or O are pronouns; the % in which the
object is fronted in questions or topicalization; etc.

If the source gives statistics comparing English with other languages,
that would be even better.

Thanks. I'll summarize.

Fritz Newmeyer

LL Issue: 12.2169
Date posted: 05-Sep-2001


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