How New Languages Emerge by David Lightfoot
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How New Languages Emerge
By David Lightfoot

How New Languages Emerge

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How New Languages Emerge by David Lightfoot

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New languages are constantly emerging, as existing languages diverge into different forms. To explain this fascinating process, we need to understand how languages change and how they emerge in children. In this pioneering study, David Lightfoot explains how languages come into being, arguing that children are the driving force. He explores how new systems arise, how they are acquired by children, and how adults and children play different, complementary roles in language change. Lightfoot makes an important distinction between 'external language' (language as it exists in the world), and 'internal language' (language as represented in an individual's brain). By examining the interplay between the two, he shows how children are 'cue-based' learners, who scan their external linguistic environment for new structures, making sense of the world outside in order to build their internal language. Engaging and original, this book offers an interesting account of language acquisition, variation and change.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521676298
ISBN-10: 0521676290
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 11mm)
Pages: 210
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-Jan-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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How New Languages Emerge by David Lightfoot How New Languages Emerge, Hardback (January 2006)

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Formal Specification Using Z by David Lightfoot Formal Specification Using Z, Paperback (December 2000)

Formal specification is a technique for specifying what is required of a computer system. Z is a leading notation for formal specification. Each chapter of this introductory work is followed by a set of exercises, and sample solutions are provided for all of these in an appendix.

Development of Language by David Lightfoot Development of Language, Paperback (November 1998)

How and why do languages change over time? Could the way an individual child develops affect aggregate language change? What do the mechanisms of change tell us about the evolution of language in our species? This book asserts that a child develops a grammar on exposure to some triggering experience.

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Author Biography - David Lightfoot

David Lightfoot is Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, and Assistant Director of the National Science Foundation.

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