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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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Academic Paper


Title: 'The acquisition of German relative clauses: A case study*'
Author: SilkeBrandt
Institution: 'Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology'
Author: HolgerDiessel
Institution: 'Friedrich-Schiller-Universit├Ąt Jena'
Author: MichaelTomasello
Institution: 'Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology'
Linguistic Field: 'Language Acquisition; Syntax'
Subject Language: 'German'
Abstract: This paper investigates the development of relative clauses in the speech of one German-speaking child aged 2 ; 0 to 5 ; 0. The earliest relative clauses we found in the data occur in topicalization constructions that are only a little different from simple sentences: they contain a single proposition, express the actor prior to other participants, assert new information and often occur with main-clause word order. In the course of the development, more complex relative constructions emerge, in which the relative clause is embedded in a fully-fledged main clause. We argue that German relative clauses develop in an incremental fashion from simple non-embedded sentences that gradually evolve into complex sentence constructions.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 35, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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