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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: Understanding Language through Humor
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6025098/Understanding%20Language%20through%20Humor/?site_locale=en_US
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Students often struggle to understand linguistic concepts through examples of language data provided in class or in texts. Presented with ambiguous information, students frequently respond that they don't 'get it'. The solution is to find an example of humour that relies on the targeted ambiguity. Once they laugh at the joke, they have tacitly understood the concept, and then it is only a matter of explaining why they found it funny. Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest. Organized like a course textbook in linguistics, it covers all the major topics in a typical linguistics survey course, including communication systems, phonetics and phonology, morphemes, words, phrases, sentences, language use, discourses, child language acquisition and language variation, while avoiding technical terminology. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Talking to Garfield: human and animal communication 3. Did I hear that right? The sounds of language 4. Twisted words: word structure and meaning 5. Fitting words together: phrase structure and meaning 6. Meaning one thing and saying another: indirect speech and conversational principles 7. Fitting the pieces together: the structure of discourse 8. 'Kids say the darndest things': children acquiring language 9. Variety is the spice of life: language variation 10. Cross-cultural gaffes: language and culture 11. The language police: prescriptivism and standardization 12. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780521713887
Pages: 212
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