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The Price of Linguistic Productivity: How Children Learn to Break the Rules of Language

Charles. Yang

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262035323
eISBN:
9780262336376
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035323.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

All languages have exceptions alongside overarching rules and regularities. How does a young child tease them apart within just a few years of language acquisition? Drawing an economic analogy, Yang ... More


Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Robert McColl Millar

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Contact discusses the ways in which linguistic contact between closely related varieties differs from contact between fully discrete varieties. Particular focus is given to the development of ... More


Final remarks

André Zampaulo

in Palatal Sound Change in the Romance Languages: Diachronic and Synchronic Perspectives

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780198807384
eISBN:
9780191845000
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198807384.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology

This chapter summarizes the findings and arguments of the book and reiterates its valuable contribution to studies in Romance and Historical Linguistics. Moreover, it organizes and provides the ... More


The Sources and Settings of Botatwe History

Kathryn M. de Luna

in Collecting Food, Cultivating People: Subsistence and Society in Central Africa

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780300218534
eISBN:
9780300225167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300218534.003.0002
Subject:
History, African History

This chapter introduces the three sources of evidence for the book—paleoclimatology, archaeology, and comparative historical linguistics—and the three historical frameworks each offers for the ... More


Environmental Linguistics

Peter Petré

in Constructions and Environments: Copular, Passive, and Related Constructions in Old and Middle English

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199373390
eISBN:
9780199373413
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373390.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

Chapter 1 introduces the study’s topic, the history of copular and passive constructions in early English; it also outlines an innovative view of language change, drawing on insights from ecology. ... More


New dialect formation and time depth

Robert McColl Millar

in Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Linguists have generally studied new dialect formation in varieties with relatively little time depth. In this chapter greater depth is considered in relation to the development of the Scots dialects ... More


Some introductory thoughts

Robert McColl Millar

in Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter introduces the reader to a number of concepts central to our understanding of linguistic contact. The problematic nature of some of these concepts in relation to near-relative contact – ... More


Linguistic contact and near-relative relationships

Robert McColl Millar

in Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

In this chapter the reader is led further into the field of near-relative contact with greater time depth. Insights from the study of creole development are introduced, as is the concept of the ... More


English in the ‘transition period’: the sources of contact-induced change

Robert McColl Millar

in Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Perhaps the central chapter of Contact, we focus here on the rapid and radical changes English passed through in relation to inflectional morphology (in particular but not exclusively in the noun ... More


Conclusions

Robert McColl Millar

in Contact: The Interaction of Closely Related Linguistic Varieties and the History of English

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781474409087
eISBN:
9781474426787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474409087.003.0006
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter argues that the distinction previously made by some scholars between the linguistic forces underlying new dialect creation and those underlying contact between closely related varieties ... More


When Language Fails

Charles Yang

in The Price of Linguistic Productivity: How Children Learn to Break the Rules of Language

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262035323
eISBN:
9780262336376
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035323.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The theory predicts complete lexicalization when the number of exceptions to a rule exceeds the threshold, which leads to morphological gaps: without a productive rule, you only know the derived form ... More


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