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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

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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: Presumptive Meanings: The Theory of Generalized Conversational Implicature
Written By: StephenCurtisLevinson
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/LEVRPF99
Description:

When we speak, we mean more than we say. In this book Stephen C. Levinson explains some general processes that underlie presumptions in communication. This is the first extended discussion of preferred interpretation in language understanding, integrating much of the best research in linguistic pragmatics from the last two decades. Levinson outlines a theory of presumptive meanings, or preferred interpretations, governing the use of language, building on the idea of implicature developed by the philosopher H. P. Grice. Some of the indirect information carried by speech is presumed by default because it is carried by general principles, rather than inferred from specific assumptions about intention and context. Levinson examines this class of general pragmatic inferences in detail, showing how they apply to a wide range of linguistic constructions. This approach has radical consequences for how we think about language and communication. Stephen C. Levinson is Director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, the Netherlands.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Semantics
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ISBN: 0262122189
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Pages: 450 p
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0262621304
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 450 p