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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:   Osama bin L-X-den
Author:   Mark L. Louden
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Folks,

You may have noticed a number of people pronouncing Osama's patronymic
as "bin L[au]den" rather than "bin L[a:]den" (something that has caused
me to constantly do double-takes when listening to the radio recently).
My hunch is that this substitution has something to do with the
markedness of [a:] in American English. Anyone want to hazard a guess
what's going on here? Has anyone observed parallel phenomena? I will
summarize all responses.


Mark Louden

LL Issue: 12.2366
Date posted: 24-Sep-2001


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