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  • Creoles, their Substrates, and Language Typologyby Claire Lefebvre

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 158.00

    The distinct social origin of creoles, along with pidgins and mixed languages, makes them a source of interest to typologists, given their interest in the cross-linguistic distribution of structural feature values. Typologists, like creolists before them, are interested in issues such as whether creoles have a distinct typological profile and how creoles... more...

  • A Dynamic Approach to Second Language Developmentby Marjolijn Verspoor; Kees de Bot; Wander Lowie

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 49.95

    Dynamic systems theory, a general theory of change and development, offers a new way to study first and second language development and requires a new set of tools for analysis of empirical data. After a brief introduction to the theory, this book, co-authored by several leading scholars in the field, concentrates on tools and techniques recently developed... more...

  • English in Europe Todayby Annick De Houwer; Antje Wilton

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2011; US$ 128.00

    This chapter investigates to what extent the process of second language acquisition is influenced by amount and type of input. After a brief description of the place of English in the lives of secondary school students in the Netherlands, the article reports on a semi-longitudinal study comparing students whose out-of-school contact with English is... more...

  • 'The boat's gonna leave'by Anca M. Nemoianu

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1980; US$ 102.00

    This essay attempts to show how a second language is acquired by very young children in the process of socialization with other children. The study seeks to integrate the process of second language learning in the general framework of child development, concentrating in particular on the development of language and conversational skills. more...

  • Contrastive Pragmaticsby Wieslaw Oleksy

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988; US$ 165.00

    This volume deals with a variety of pragmatic issues involved in cross-language and interlanguage studies as well as second-language acquisition and cross-cultural studies. Part I contains papers dealing with general issues stemming from contrastive work, for example, the question of tertium comparationis and its place in the development of contrastive... more...

  • Event Structureby Jan van Voorst

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1988; US$ 158.00

    This study establishes a relation between the semantics of the subject and the direct object-NP and aspect. The notion of event is central. Events have a beginning and an end. This means in temporal terms that events have a point in time at which they begin and a point in time at which they end.However, events are not defined in temporal terms but... more...

  • Historical and Comparative Linguisticsby Raimo Anttila

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1989; US$ 54.00

    In any course of historical and comparative linguistics there will be students of different language backgrounds, different levels of linguistic training, and different theoretical orientation. This textbook attempts to mitigate the problems raised by this heterogeneity in a number of ways. Since it is impossible to treat the language or language family... more...

  • Iconicity in Languageby Raffaele Simone

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1995; US$ 180.00

    Several current linguistic approaches converge in rejecting the wide-spread idea that language is an autonomous system, i.e. that it is structured independently from the outside world and the natural equipment of language users. Around the world, semiotically biased linguistics (functionalism, naturalism, etc.) takes this position, which differentiates... more...

  • Language Change and Variationby Ralph W. Fasold; Deborah Schiffrin

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1989; US$ 206.00

    The study of language variation in social context continues to hold the attention of a large number of linguists. This research is promoted by the annual colloquia on New Ways of Analyzing Variation in English' (NWAVE). This volume is a selection of revised papers from the NWAVE XI, held at Georgetown University. It deals with a number of items, some... more...

  • Language Form and Linguistic Variationby John A. Anderson

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1982; US$ 227.00

    The papers in this volume celebrate the work of Angus McIntosh, who specialized in dialects of Later Middle English, and wrote on other topics in English linguistics as well. Of the papers in this volume most deal with English and a few with other subjects in (historical) dialectology. more...