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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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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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Academic Paper


Title: 'Answering hard questions: Wh-movement across dialects and disorder'
Author: Jillde Villiers
Institution: 'Smith College'
Author: ThomasRoeper
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Homepage: 'http://www.umass.edu/linguist/faculty/roeper.html'
Institution: 'University of Massachusetts'
Author: LindaBland-Stewart
Institution: 'George Washington University'
Author: Barbara ZurerPearson
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Homepage: 'http://www.umass.edu/aae/bp_indexold.htm'
Institution: 'University of Massachusetts at Amherst'
Linguistic Field: 'Psycholinguistics; Sociolinguistics'
Subject Language: 'English'
Abstract: A large-scale study of complex wh-questions with 1,000 subjects aged 4–9 years is reported. The subjects' dialects were Mainstream American English or African American English, and approximately one-third were language impaired. The study examined when children permit long distance wh-movement, and when they respect a variety of syntactic barriers to movement. Thirteen different structures were compared, and the results suggest that typically developing children and disordered children at all the ages studied are capable of long-distance movement and obedience to abstract barriers. In no case was dialect a significant factor in the children's linguistic performance on these tasks.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 29, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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