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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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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:   A question
Author:   Abdulaziz Al-Najmi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Morphology
Subject Language(s):  Chinese, Mandarin

Query:   I'm working on a paper on the Pro-drop parameter phenomena and I would like
to know how could a language like Chinese, for instance, be a pro-drop
language. As we know that in pro-drop languages like Spanish or Arabic, the
pronoun could be recovered from the verb. Spanish verbs, for instance, are
inflected for number, person, tense, and mood. In contrast, a language like
Chinese, also null-subject language, has no inflectional affixation at all.
In such case, how could we know which pronoun is refered to in a subjectless
Chinese sentence.
LL Issue: 10.1391
Date posted: 22-Sep-1999


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