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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:   Sri Lankan University Students
Author:   Gavin Austin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Language Acquisition

Query:   Dear all,

I'm writing a PhD on the L2 acquisition of English inflectional morphology,
and I'm thinking of using Sri Lankan university students as one of my L1
groups. I'd like some advice about this.

Ideally, I need to obtain data from L2ers at various levels of English
proficiency; at the very least, I need data from intermediate and
upper-intermediate speakers. My concern is that the proficiency of this
particular L1 group will generally be too high for my purposes.

If you know something about the proficiency of this group, one good way to
indicate this would be in terms of IELTS scores. I've worked as an IELTS
examiner, so this would give me a fairly accurate idea.

Any assistance or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Gavin Austin
U of New England (Australia)
LL Issue: 18.2762
Date posted: 24-Sep-2007


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