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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


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Title: The Signs of a Savant
Subtitle: Language Against the Odds
Description:

Every once in a while nature gives us insight into the human condition by
providing us with a unique case whose special properties illuminate the
species as a whole. Christopher is such an example. Despite disabilities
which mean that everyday tasks are burdensome chores, Christopher is a
linguistic wonder who can read, write, speak, understand and translate more
than twenty languages. On some tests he shows a severely low IQ, hinting at
ineducability, yet his English language ability indicates an IQ in excess of
120 (a level more than sufficient to enter university). Christopher is a
savant, someone with an island of startling talent in a sea of inability.
This book documents his learning of British Sign Language, casting light on
the modularity of cognition, the modality neutrality of the language
faculty, the structure of memory, the grammar of signed language and the
nature of the human mind.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): British Sign Language
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ISBN: 0521852277
ISBN-13: 9780521852272
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ISBN: 0521617693
ISBN-13: 9780521617697
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