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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:   Origins of Arigato
Author:   Jonathan Lewis
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Would someone be so kind as to confirm whether the common Japanese word for
thankyou, "arigato", comes from the Portuguese "obligado"? According to the
Kojien dictionary, "arigato" is a euphonic change from "arigataku", which
sounds much less similar to the Portuguese word.

Thanks in advance,

Jonathan Lewis

Tokyo Denki University

LL Issue: 12.1831
Date posted: 16-Jul-2001


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