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Sound Change

Joseph Salmons

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-05-28

Sound Change Introduction Sound change is the usual name given to a subfield dedicated to how speech sounds become different over time, and it...

Linguistic Relativity

Peggy Li, David Barner

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Linguistic Relativity Introduction Linguistic relativity, sometimes called the Whorfian hypothesis, posits that properties of language affect t...

Mixed Languages

Peter Bakker

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-06-25

Mixed Languages Introduction The identification of a set of contact languages, many of which shared structural and social features that set th...

Reflexives and Reflexivity

Dana Cohen, Anne Zribi-Hertz

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Reflexives and Reflexivity Introduction The term reflexive is applied by traditional grammarians to an event or situation that “reflects” (“re...

Hmong-Mien Languages

David Mortensen

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Hmong-Mien Languages Introduction Hmong-Mien is a compact language family of East and Southeast Asia. Its speakers are found primarily in sout...

Eskimo-Aleut

Anna Berge

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Eskimo-Aleut Introduction The Eskimo-Aleut language family is spoken from the Chukotka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, across subarctic and ...

Mixe-Zoquean Languages

Søren Wichmann

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Mixe-Zoquean Languages Introduction Mixe-Zoquean languages are spoken in an area spanning the Mexican isthmus of Tehuantepec. One member of th...

Syncretism

Dunstan Brown

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-11-27

Syncretism Introduction Syncretism is a term that describes a relationship between morphology and syntax, where the distinctions required by s...

Mass-Count Distinction

Alan Bale, David Barner

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Mass-Count Distinction Introduction The mass-count distinction is reflected in the syntax and semantics of nouns, verbs, adjectives, and quanti...

Negation

Laurence Horn

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Negation Introduction Absent from otherwise complex systems of animal communication, negation is a sine qua non of every human language, allowi...

Tone

Bert Remijsen

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-01-13

Tone Introduction When the phonological form of a morpheme consistently gives rise to a specific pattern of fundamental frequency (f0), this mo...

Japanese Word Accent

Haruo Kubozono

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Japanese Word Accent Introduction Word accent is one of the most popular research topics in Japanese phonology and has contributed to the theo...

Languages, Heritage

Maria Polinsky

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Heritage Languages Introduction Heritage languages are spoken by early bilinguals, simultaneous or sequential, whose home language (L1) is seve...

Innateness

Yarden Kedar

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Innateness Introduction The concept of innateness (innate is first recorded in the period 1375–1425; from Latin innātus “inborn”) relates to t...

Chomsky, Noam

Terje Lohndal, Howard Lasnik

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-10-29

Noam Chomsky Introduction Avram Noam Chomsky was born in Philadelphia on 7 December 1928. His father, William Chomsky, was a noted Hebrew scho...

Pidgins

Mikael Parkvall, Peter Bakker

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-09-30

Pidgins Introduction Pidgins are languages which have come about in situations where people needed to communicate but where no common language...

Altaic Languages

George Starostin

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-02-25

Altaic Languages Introduction The term “Altaic” is commonly applied by linguists to a number of language families, spread across Central Asia ...

Finite State Languages

Mans Hulden

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2014-03-27

Finite-State Languages Introduction A finite-state language—equivalently “regular language,” “type 3 language,” or “regular set”—belongs to th...

History of the English Language

Ans van Kemenade, Bettelou Los

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2013-04-22

History of the English Language Introduction The study of the history of the English language has a long and rich tradition, starting with a r...

Languages, Kiowa-Tanoan

Daniel Harbour

Subject: Linguistics »

Date Added: 2011-10-28

Kiowa-Tanoan Languages Introduction The Kiowa-Tanoan family consists of Kiowa and the Tanoan languages Tewa, Tiwa, and Towa (Jemez), many of wh...

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