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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:   Masculine Forms of Address
Author:   Kate Bennett
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s):  English

Query:   I am a psychologist looking at older widowers attitudes to repartnering. In my interviews with them I notice that men do not always refer to their late wives or their new partners by name, and don't always use the possessive pronoun. This suggests to me that this may reflect a masculine script or masculine identity (I have done some work in ageing and masculinity).

However, I am unfamiliar with the linguistic literature. I am, therefore, wondering if there is a literature on forms of address and masculinity, and where I might find it? Any help help or pointers would be appreciated.
LL Issue: 24.275
Date posted: 16-Jan-2013


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