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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: 'Insight into the Structure of Compound Words among Speakers of Chinese and English'
Author: JieZhang
Institution: 'Western Kentucky University'
Author: RichardC.Anderson
Institution: 'University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign'
Author: QiuyingWang
Institution: 'Oklahoma State University'
Author: JeromeL.Packard
Institution: 'University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign'
Author: XinchunWu
Institution: 'Beijing Normal University'
Author: ShanTang
Institution: 'Beijing Normal University'
Author: XiaolingKe
Institution: 'Oklahoma State University'
Linguistic Field: 'Morphology'
Subject Language: 'Chinese, Mandarin'
' English'
Abstract: Knowledge of compound word structures in Chinese and English was investigated, comparing 435 Chinese and 258 Americans, including second, fourth, and sixth graders, and college undergraduates. As anticipated, the results revealed that Chinese speakers performed better on a word structure analogy task than their English-speaking counterparts. Also, as anticipated, speakers of both languages performed better on noun + noun and verb + particle compounds, which are more productive in their respective languages than noun + verb and verb + noun compounds, which are less productive. Both Chinese and English speakers performed significantly better on novel compounds than on familiar compounds, most likely because familiar compounds are lexicalized and do not invite decomposition into constituents.

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This article appears in Applied Psycholinguistics Vol. 33, Issue 4, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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