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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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Academic Paper


Title: 'Children do not overcome lexical biases where adults do: the role of the referential scene in garden-path recovery'
Author: EvanKidd
Institution: 'University of Manchester'
Author: AndrewJ.Stewart
Institution: 'University of Manchester'
Author: LudovicaSerratrice
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Homepage: 'http://www.psych-sci.manchester.ac.uk/staff/ludovicaserratrice'
Institution: 'University of Manchester'
Linguistic Field: 'Psycholinguistics'
Abstract: In this paper we report on a visual world eye-tracking experiment that investigated the differing abilities of adults and children to use referential scene information during reanalysis to overcome lexical biases during sentence processing. The results showed that adults incorporated aspects of the referential scene into their parse as soon as it became apparent that a test sentence was syntactically ambiguous, suggesting they considered the two alternative analyses in parallel. In contrast, the children appeared not to reanalyze their initial analysis, even over shorter distances than have been investigated in prior research. We argue that this reflects the children's over-reliance on bottom-up, lexical cues to interpretation. The implications for the development of parsing routines are discussed.

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This article appears in Journal of Child Language Vol. 38, Issue 1, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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