LINGUIST List 11.256

Sun Feb 6 2000

Qs: Italian Language Games, Linguistic Economy

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  1. Christina Villafana, Italian Language Games
  2. Alessandra Vicentini, Bibliography on Linguistic economy

Message 1: Italian Language Games

Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2000 17:12:51 -0500
From: Christina Villafana <>
Subject: Italian Language Games

I'm starting some research on second language
acquisition phonology and am interested in testing
the performance of English native speakers in Italian
language games. I have found a number of language
games in other languages posted on this list, but none
in Italian.

I would appreciate any information on Italian games
and will be happy to post a summary of responses.

Please send replies to me at
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Message 2: Bibliography on Linguistic economy

Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2000 14:42:04 +0100
From: Alessandra Vicentini <>
Subject: Bibliography on Linguistic economy

Hi all,

I'm doing a research that consists in analysing English grammars from the
1500 to the 1700,
trying to understand how the authors realized that the English language was
changing from
a more complex phase to a simpler one.

In doing that I'm trying to justify the changes occured by searching for all
the theories that deal with
linguistic economy versus redundancy ,as it seems there has always been a
balance between
these two principles.

I would like to understand how the economic principle ( or also principle of
the least effort )
has been treated by different authors or schools
I'm trying to find a recommended bibliography of linguistics books and
articles about the
economy principle of the English language, analysed from a diachronic point
of view ( in all
the fields : phonological,morphological,syntactic and semantic ).

Could anyone help me?

Thank you in advance,

Alessandra Vicentini E-mail:
Universit´┐Ż degli of Milan
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