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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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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:   Question: Dyslexia, Asian languages
Author:   Agnes Gruz
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Phonetics

Query:   I was at my College graduation last week, and I found myself
fascinated by the variety of students' names, and by my own
frustrating inability to predict how a particular name would get
anglicized - how, that is, would it turn out that a student preferred
to pronounce, say, ''Sharmistha Patnaik,'' or ''Stephanie Vermeychuk,'' or
''Erica Lynn Veinsreideris''?
Now I know there must be sociolinguistic factors here, the
desire to assimilate pronunciation or the desire not to etc. But I
wondered also whether there were phonetic ones that would help
predict, for a given name's sound in the language of its origin, how
it would sound (in what ways it might or might not sound) in American
Is there any extant research on this, or do people have ideas
that haven't been written down yet? If there's enough interest, I'll
cheerfully (and more promptly than the last time) post a summary.

Best, Larry Rosenwald,
Department of English, Wellesley
LL Issue: 8.849
Date posted: 10-Jun-1997


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