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How New Languages Emerge

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ISBN-10: 0521859131

ISBN-13: 9780521859134

Edition: 2006

Authors: 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…    
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Book details

List price: $109.99
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/5/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 212
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Internal languages and the outside world
Traditional language change
Some properties of language organs
Languages emerging in children
New E-languages cuing new I-languages
Use and variation of grammars
The eruption of new grammars
A new historical linguistics