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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

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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:   Origin of Pot 'Cannabis'
Author:   Max Wheeler
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Lexicography

Query:   The Oxford English Dictionary s.v. POT n.5 says 'prob. f. Mexican Sp.
_potiguaya_ marijuana leaves'. Many English language websites tell the same
story, some giving the supposed variant Spanish forms _potaguaya_ or
_potacion de guaya_.

I have so far found no evidence that _potiguaya_, _potaguaya_ or _potacion
de guaya_ are in fact used in Spanish. I would be interested to know of any
evidence that any of these expressions is used in any variety of Spanish.
If any of them is used, I would also like to know the meaning.
LL Issue: 16.2785
Date posted: 27-Sep-2005


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