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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

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Title: Sociolinguistics
Subtitle: The Study of Speakers' Choices
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521836067
Description:

This accessible new textbook provides a clear introduction to
sociolinguistics, the study of why we speak the way we do, and the social
factors that influence our linguistic decisions. Based on the notion of
'choice' - that as speakers we select from the options open to us - it
provides a solid theoretical framework to deal with the most fascinating
characteristic of language: its variability and diversity. Topics covered
include dialects, gender and age specific speech forms, professional
jargons, diglossia, bilingualism, code-switching, pidgin languages, and
language planning, all of which are unified by the common theme that
speakers, by making choices, create their language. Drawing on linguistic
variation from a wide range of societies and their languages, this is set
to become a key text for all students of sociolinguistics, and will be
welcomed by anyone interested in the complex interaction between language
and society.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521836069
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Pages: 272
Prices: U.S.$ 75.00
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521543932
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Pages: 272
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