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How New Languages Emerge (Electronic book text)
How New Languages Emerge (Electronic book text): David Lightfoot
How New Languages Emerge (Electronic book text): David Lightfoot

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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.


Imprint: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: February 2006
First published: 2006
Authors: David Lightfoot
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 208
ISBN-13: 978-0-511-13839-3
Barcode: 9780511138393
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-511-13839-3

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