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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

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Query Subject:   Query: Latin word order: conjunctions and prepositions
Author:   George Huttar
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Query:   In looking at some 4th century Latin poetry, my colleagues and I have been wondering about the freedom with which prepositions and clausal conjunctions both appear far from their "normal" prose positions. For example: "Corde natus ex parentis" instead of the expected "ex corde...", where the order of NP and P within the PP "ex corde" is reversed, and the two are separated by "natus", which is not part of the PP. For a conjunction example (from the same hymn, by Prudentius): "virgo cum puerpera edidit nostram salutem" for "cum virgo puerpera..." with usually clause-initial subordinating conjunction "cum" postposed to "virgo". My questions are whether such "movement" is limited to poetry and can be attributed to writers' adjusting to fit the meter; and whether i is attested in Classical Latin, or is only a later development. I'll post a summary of responses if warranted. George Huttar
LL Issue: 15.418
Date posted: 02-Feb-2004


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