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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:   Question - personal pronouns which change with temporal reference
Author:   David Palfreyman
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear Linguists,

I recently read an article about self and personhood in various
cultures, which states that "there are languages, such as Iaca (New
Caledonia), which have sets of [personal] pronouns marked for
different tenses, contradicting Western notions of physical continuity
[of the self]".

I can't find any mention on the web of a language called Iaca;
however, his point may well still be true. Can anyone tell me an
example of a language which shows the grammatical characteristic which
he describes?

Thanks for any leads,
David Palfreyman
Zayed University, Dubai.


LL Issue: 14.1024
Date posted: 06-Apr-2003


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