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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:   Whistling languages
Author:   Bruce Downing
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics

Query:   As a composer I am interested in the tonal aspects of language: in
inflection as a means of imparting shades of meaning; and especially,
in languages where tones in and of themselves carry meaning.

Some years ago I recall reading of a Whistling Language from the
Canary Islands, used in the recent past. I would much appreciate
receiving information about recordings of *any* whistling language,
and also 'yodelling' languages (if these exist). Please respond to me
privately at: .

All information received will be consolidated and posted to this list
at a later date.

Thank you.

Judith Lang Zaimont
Professor of Composition
School of Music - University of Minnesota

LL Issue: 10.457
Date posted: 28-Mar-1999


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