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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: 'Effects on L1 during early acquisition of L2: Speech changes in Spanish at first English contact'
Author: ChristinaE.Gildersleeve-Neumann
Institution: 'Portland State University'
Author: Elizabeth D.Peña
Institution: 'University of Texas at Austin'
Author: BarbaraL.Davis
Institution: 'University of Texas at Austin'
Author: Ellen S.Kester
Institution: 'University of Texas at Austin'
Linguistic Field: 'Cognitive Science; Language Acquisition; Phonology'
Subject Language: 'English'
' Spanish'
Abstract: Spanish phonological development was examined in six sequential bilingual children at the point of contact with English and eight months later. We explored effects of the English vowel and consonant inventory on Spanish. Children showed a significant increase in consonant cluster accuracy and in vowel errors. These emerging sequential bilingual children showed effects of English on their first language, Spanish. Cross-linguistic transfer did not affect all properties of the phonology equally. Negative transfer may occur in specific areas where the second language is more complex, requiring reorganization of the existing system, as in the transition from the Spanish five-vowel to the English eleven-vowel system.

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This article appears in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition Vol. 12, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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