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The Social Origins of Language

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Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution


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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

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This is the first study that empirically investigates preposition placement across all clause types. The study compares first-language (British English) and second-language (Kenyan English) data and will therefore appeal to readers interested in world Englishes. Over 100 authentic corpus examples are discussed in the text, which will appeal to those who want to see 'real data'


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Title: A Tale of Three Cities: Urban-Rural Asymmetries in Language Shift?
Author: Felecia Ann Lucht
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Institution: Wayne State University
Author: Benjamin Frey
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Author: Joseph C Salmons
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Homepage: http://joseph-salmons.net
Institution: University of Wisconsin Madison
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics; Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language: English
German
Abstract: In the 19th and 20th centuries, eastern Wisconsin went from being heavily German speaking to almost entirely English speaking. The largest city, Milwaukee, is claimed to have experienced language shift more rapidly than the state's rural German communities. We examine this apparent asymmetry, comparing evidence for language shift in urban Milwaukee, the city of Watertown, and the small town of Lebanon, drawing on census data, reports on language of church services, and information on the German language press. Our findings show little asymmetry in rate of shift across the three communities, but evidence is consistent with a correlation between shift and Warren's .

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