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The Social Origins of Language

By Daniel Dor

Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution

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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

By Thomas Hoffmann

This is the first study that empirically investigates preposition placement across all clause types. The study compares first-language (British English) and second-language (Kenyan English) data and will therefore appeal to readers interested in world Englishes. Over 100 authentic corpus examples are discussed in the text, which will appeal to those who want to see 'real data'

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Frontiers in Psychology

Call Deadline: 14-Mar-2014

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Abstracts are invited for a Frontiers Research Topic called 'Acquisition in Contact', to be published in Frontiers in Psychology, division of Language Sciences. The research topic asks: What are the roles of different age groups in contact-induced language change? It will provide multiple perspectives on the under-studied area of child language development in complex multilingual or multidialectal (multi-codal) contexts, bridging boundaries between sociolinguistics, language acquisition, psycholinguistics and linguistic anthropology.

The mechanisms of how language use transitions across generations are not well understood. Specifically, the role of different age cohorts in creating linguistic innovation vs conserving prior conventions in complex environments has received little attention. Research from diverse perspectives - creoles, mixed languages, sign languages, koines, single language contexts - suggests that change takes place in social interaction, but with differing roles for age.

Some multiple-code contexts are relatively linguistically stable, some of the codes are endangered, and in some communities new codes are being created. Most often the sociolinguistic motivations for contact-induced language change are hypothesized long after the change has taken place, but we are now able to observe contexts in which change is underway or in which the potential for change appears to be immediate.

Papers that contribute from a range of linguistic and linguistic anthropological perspectives and methods are invited. The deadline for submissions is March 14, 2014.

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