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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:   Etymology of 'Bikini Atoll'
Author:   Boyan Nikolaev
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Lexicography

Query:   I am working on an article about neologisms.The word BIKINI, I think, was misinterpreted in 1946 as being Latin andconsisting of bi- (=two) + something unclear. So, in time it dropped itsbi- and became MONOKINI, even TANKKINI.Could anyone tell me what the real Polynesian (Marshallese) word means andhelp me explain it not considering the Latin bi-?Best,Boyan Nikolaev
LL Issue: 15.3550
Date posted: 21-Dec-2004


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