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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

The importance of Henk Zeevat's new monograph cannot be overstated. [...] I recommend it to anyone who combines interests in language, logic, and computation [...]. David Beaver, University of Texas at Austin

Query Details

Query Subject:   RE: "To tide someone over"
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   In her summary of the geographical distribution, semantic range and origin of ''to tide someone over'', Erica Hofmann Kencke mentioned that some speakers have modified this to . Her interpretation, with which I totally agree, is that it is 'probably a construction by which a speaker ''corrects'' an incomprehensible idiom to a form that seems to make more sense'. I've personally heard a number of similar ''corrections'' over the years, e.g., , , , (I kid you not), etc. Is there a name for this sort of thing (I don't think it would qualify as hypercorrection, do you?), and has any sort of list ever been compiled?

Marc Picard
LL Issue: 10.107
Date posted: 25-Jan-1999


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