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Ache-Chamic Languages

Overview page. Subjects: linguistics.

A branch of Western Malayo-Polynesian. They are spoken in Sumatra, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and China.LANGUAGE LISTAceh: also called Atjeh, Atjehnese, Achinese, Achehnese....

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Linguistics

P. H. Matthews.

April 2003; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: linguistics. 144 pages.

Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction considers a subject that falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which fascinating discoveries and important problems are found....

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Writing and Script

Andrew Robinson.

August 2009; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: writing systems. 176 pages.

Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction explains how early forms of writing developed into hundreds of scripts including the Roman alphabet and Chinese characters. Without writing,...

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Languages

Stephen Anderson.

June 2012; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: languages by region. 152 pages.

Languages: A Very Short Introduction addresses questions such as: How many languages are there? What differentiates one language from another? Are new languages still being discovered? Why...

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Sociolinguistics

John Edwards.

July 2013; published online September 2013.

Book. Subjects: sociolinguistics. 160 pages.

Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction deals with the social life of language: language in its sociocultural context. It draws from sociolinguistics, the sociology of language, and...

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Efficiency and Complexity in Grammars

John A. Hawkins.

November 2004; published online January 2010.

Book. Subjects: grammar, syntax and morphology. 324 pages.

This book addresses a question fundamental to any discussion of grammatical theory and grammatical variation: to what extent can principles of grammar be explained through language use? The...

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Linguistics

Edited by Mark Aronoff.

Published online October 2011.

Research Guide. Subjects: linguistics; anthropological linguistics; languages by region; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics.

Made up of a rapidly expanding range of articles written by distinguished international scholars, this dynamic, continuously updated online resource offers exclusive authoritative research...

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Acoustic Phonetics

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Sound waves form the physical link between speaker and hearer. Central to the field of acoustic phonetics are the concepts and techniques of acoustic physics; but acoustic phonetic research...

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Acquisition of Language

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[This entry includes the following subentries:PhonologySyntaxCommunicative CompetenceMeanings and FormsCritical PeriodsSecond-Language Acquisition]

Phonology

Syntax

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actant

Overview page. Subjects: linguistics — literature.

In the narratology of A. J. Greimas, one of six basic categories of fictional role common to all stories. The actants are paired in binary opposition: Subject/Object, Sender/Receiver,...

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