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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

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

By Neil Smith

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: 'Phonological memory and lexical, narrative, and grammatical skills in second language oral production by adult learners'
Author: IrenaO'Brien
Institution: 'Université du Québec à Montréal'
Author: NormanSegalowitz
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Homepage: 'http://web.me.com/normansegalowitz'
Institution: 'Concordia University'
Author: JoeCollentine
Institution: 'Northern Arizona University'
Author: BarbaraFreed
Institution: 'Carnegie Mellon University'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition; Phonology'
Abstract: This study investigated the role of phonological memory (PM) in second language (L2) speech production by English-speaking adults who were learning Spanish. PM, operationalized as serial nonword recognition, and L2 lexical, narrative, and grammatical abilities from speech samples were assessed 13 weeks apart. After controlling for the amount of speech output, PM contributed significantly to the development of L2 narrative skills for less proficient participants (17.5% of variance explained) and to gains in correct use of function words for more proficient participants (15.7% of variance explained). These findings suggest that PM plays an important role in narrative development at earlier stages of L2 learning and in the acquisition of grammatical competence at later stages.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 27, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site .



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