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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: 'Orthographic and phonological effects in the picture–word interference paradigm: Evidence from a logographic language'
Author: YanchaoBi
Institution: 'Beijing Normal University'
Author: YaodaXu
Institution: 'Harvard University'
Author: AlfonsoCaramazza
Institution: 'Harvard University'
Linguistic Field: 'Cognitive Science; Phonology; Psycholinguistics; Writing Systems'
Subject Language: 'Chinese, Mandarin'
Abstract: One important finding with the picture–word interference paradigm is that picture-naming performance is facilitated by the presentation of a distractor formally related to the picture name. In two picture-naming experiments we investigated the nature of such form facilitation effect with Mandarin Chinese, separating the effects of phonology and orthography. Significant facilitation effects were observed both when distractors were only orthographically or only phonologically related to the targets. The orthographic effect was overall stronger than the phonological effect. These findings suggest that the classic form facilitation effect in picture–word interference is a mixed effect with multiple loci: it cannot be attributed merely to the nonlexical activation of the target phonological segments from the visual input of the distractor. It seems instead that orthographically only related distractors facilitate the lexical selection process of picture naming, and phonologically only related distractors facilitate the retrieval of target phonological segments.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 30, Issue 4, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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