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How new languages emerge

Author: David Lightfoot
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006. ©2006
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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. He explores how new systems arise, how they are acquired by children, and how adults and children play different, complementary  Read more...
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Lightfoot, David, 1945-
How new languages emerge.
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
(DLC) 2005015819
(OCoLC)60743103
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Lightfoot
ISBN: 9780511616204 0511616201 9780511140914 0511140916 9780511139567 051113956X 9780511140143 0511140142 9780511309212 051130921X 9781280431982 1280431989
OCLC Number: 68045489
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 199 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Internal languages and the outside world --
2. Traditional language change --
3. Some properties of language organs --
4. Languages emerging in children --
5. New E-language cuing new I-languages --
6. The use and variation of grammars --
7. The eruption of new grammars --
8. A new historical linguistics.
Responsibility: David Lightfoot.
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