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Linguistics

Is linguistic a science?

Linguistics is defined as "the scientific study of human language." It is not an exact science, but it could be considered a form of scientific study in a way. Linguists look at language...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2011 3:59 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is a neurofunctional theory of SLA?

Most theories of second language acquisition, like those in the field of general education, are based on two schools of thought: the behavioral, or the cognitive school of thought. The behavioral...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 5:17 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is sociolinguistics? Expand upon its scope and areas of investigation.

Sociolinguistics is a hybrid of sociology and linguistics. It is the study of the relationship between language and society. The language we use is influenced by social contexts. This is true, for...

Latest answer posted June 3, 2019 12:47 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is American Structuralism?

Regarding structuralism as it pertains to literary theory, structuralism connects literature to a wider "structure," which may be a particular genre, a range of intertextual connections, a model...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2011 4:25 am UTC

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Linguistics

stylistic and linguistic analysis of literature How do we  carry out stylistic and linguistic analysis of literature?

Kate Chopin's short short story "Story of an Hour" exemplifies stylistic techniques. First of all, the reportorial, rather passive voice of the narrator allows the reader to form his/her own...

Latest answer posted December 26, 2011 2:54 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the difference between diachronic and synchronic linguistics?

Linguistics (the study of language) divides two major ways: spoken (called phonics) and written. Another major division is synchronic vs, diachronic—as the derivations of the terms imply, study...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2012 5:24 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How do we transcribe words with aspiration and devoicing? Some example words are as follows: proud/    beat/  ...

I would recommend you to understand aspiration and devoicing, so that you can transcribe aspirated and devoiced words that come in your exam. Aspiration is a phonological process in which a sound...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 11:36 am UTC

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Linguistics

How can it be proven that allomorphs are morphologically conditioned? Can you please include examples?

The best evidence of allomorphs being morphologically conditioned is found in the variant of English language suffixes in plural which exist in the words "children" and "oxen" to cite two...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013 4:43 pm UTC

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Linguistics

In this context is "imagination" and " "frost" an abstract noun or concrete noun? "He wanted to be a poet by next...

In order to answer this question, it is essential to define what an abstract noun is. An abstract noun is a noun that cannot be sensed with your five senses. To make it more concrete, you cannot...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2011 4:44 am UTC

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Linguistics

Discuss theories of meaning with reference to semantics.

Let's start with semantics while understanding that the eNotes format doesn't allow for great detail on such a broad question as this. Semantics is the study of meaning. Meaning, what we mean when...

Latest answer posted July 27, 2012 7:50 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What does syntactic phenomenon mean?

In brief, syntactic phenomena are a set of syntactical arrangements or functions that may occur across a wide spectrum of languages. An example is Wh-movement, also called A-movement. Let's break...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2012 1:15 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the difference between to + verb and modal verb?

In English language, to + verb is used in an infinitival construction (a clause in which the verb is infinite). An infinite verb is a type of non-finite verb (there are two more types of non-finite...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 10:21 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is a Deep Structure in linguistics?

Deep Structure (D-Structure) is is one of the early elements of Noam Chomsky's transformational generative grammar theory (TGG). Its complement is Surface Structure (S-Structure). It is...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2011 2:20 am UTC

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Linguistics

Determine the lexical category of each of the bolded words in the sentences below. Use morphological, semantic, and...

To best determine the lexical categories of the starred words, let's first review some terminology. Linguists typically identify seven lexical categories: Nouns signify persons, places, things,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Examine the following Spanish data, given in phonetic transcription. Then identity all the morphemes that are...

By examining that brief corpus of Spanish nouns, we are able to determine a few morphemes that are very productive in that language. First, the -a is a flexion for indicating female gender: amig-a,...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2019 6:35 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the difference between phonology and phonetics?

Phonology and phonetics are both branches of linguistics that have to do with sound. However, they differ in the approaches they take towards the study of sounds in languages. Phonology is the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2019 2:47 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is common to the meangs of the terms  SINGLISH, HINGLISH, TAGLISH, YINGLISH, CHINGLISH AND SPANGLISH? my feeling...

You are correct when you say that all of these terms refer to amalgamations of English and other languages. As we know, English is a language that is used to some degree by people world-wide....

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 2:45 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is one difference between transformational generative grammar and systemic functional grammar? Support that...

Transformational grammar deals more with the sentence itself and the foundations of that sentence. It wants to show how sentences can relate to one another. It aims to analyze the ways in which...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2020 4:47 pm UTC

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Linguistics

In linguistics, what is Constraint-based Grammar? Why is it identified with the feature of reversibility?

Linguistic knowledge is innate, implicit, and shared by every member of our species. Moreover, any language in the world is acquired rapidly and effortlessly in a comparatively short period of time...

Latest answer posted February 9, 2016 8:55 am UTC

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Linguistics

What are the different levels of linguistic analysis? Determine the relationship between linguistics and other...

There are six levels of linguistic analysis. They range in depth between the specifics of the sounds we make to form language to the context surrounding speech events. They are (from most specific...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2020 12:41 am UTC

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Linguistics

 Please explain why allomorphs are different phonemic realizations of the same morpheme with examples?

The Greek combining form "allo-" as it is used in the word allomorph means other or "a related set" that is "related to" a morph. A "morph" is each of the smallest, indivisible units of meaning...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2013 5:03 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study/analysis of a language, but how can one analyse these languages?

There is indeed a number of languages whose linguistics roots and syntactic rules have lost connectivity to modern languages. These languages may not be extinct, but certainly difficult to analyze...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2012 8:40 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Write about "morphemes" in detail.

A morpheme is a minimal linguistic unit that has a form as well as a function or some semantic basis (basically, a meaning). Let me explain this linguistic terminology. Traditionally, it was...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2013 1:18 pm UTC

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Linguistics

List three phonemes that both English and Chinese have (exact matches) and three phonemes that Chinese has that...

Before answering your question, I would like you to note that a language can have many dialects, and the phonology, or the sound system of a language, can change from one dialect to another. For...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2015 10:41 am UTC

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Linguistics

What factors were responsible for the development of British English?

The development of the English language in Britain was affected by a series of culture interactions. While England proper was settled mainly by speakers of Germanic languages, Ireland, Wales, and...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2012 4:16 am UTC

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Linguistics

What new and different topic could I use to write a thesis in the field of English Linguistics?

A new and different topic would be that of how the prescribed standards of English Varieties (Indian English Variety, Arabian English Variety, etc) are combining or may combine to create new forms...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2016 6:06 am UTC

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Linguistics

Recount the processes of word formation with examples from the English language.

Word formation is a very interesting aspect of linguistics, as it deals with the question of how words are formed. There are four different ways of forming words in the English language. The first...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2020 8:35 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Write a note on second language learning as a form of skill learning.

Skill learning refers to a process of input, processing, and application that must become habitual in order for the skill to be mastered. The myriad of theories of learning and motivation that...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2012 9:22 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Explain the terms of morphology.

As its root suggests, morphology is the study of how words change—not historically (that is diachronic linguistics), but how the form of a word is changed by its inflections, it prefixes, its...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2012 8:18 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Describe the process of standardization of the English language from Old English onwards. What kind of factors...

English is derived from the Roman alphabet that Christian missionaries brought to Anglo-Saxon England in the 600s and that built on an earlier Germanic alphabet called runes. Monks, who were...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2017 1:53 pm UTC

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Linguistics

what are the major difference between modren linguists and the traditional grammarians in the study of a langauge?...

The question was about the differences in the new grammar vs. the traditional grammar. The answer does not address that question at all. In "traditional" grammar sentences were "parsed"; that is,...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2012 2:05 am UTC

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Linguistics

Discuss the development and the role of applied linguistics (or educational linguistics) in language teaching.

The application of linguistics (or, the use of applied linguistics) within an educational setting in SLA instruction is a relatively young practice considering that language has been around for...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 12:30 am UTC

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Linguistics

What are the three main senses of words?

Charles Morris says that there are 3 types of word meaning (sense). Referential meaning deals with how we understand symbols as they relate to a meaning. For example, the Red Cross of America is a...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2013 9:41 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Who/What is an applied linguist?

Applied Linguistics, as a general definition, is the scientific study of language. The aspects of language that this field studies include a myriad of dimensions that show how complex human...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012 10:15 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Differentiate the generative property of language.

The generative property of language is the characteristic of grammar development that is based on the assumption that all humans have an innate and natural ability to produce language. What the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2011 11:29 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Discuss Krashen's model of second language acquisition called the monitor model. give answer in detail

In his influential text Principles and practice in second language acquisition (1982) Stephen Krashen compiled all of his hypotheses in second language learning under the "Monitor Model". The...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2012 7:07 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is some information about the direct method of language teahing?

The Direct , or Natural, Language Teaching Method (DM) is also known as the "Berlitz" Method. It is mainly a teaching tool for the acquisition of a second or foreign languages. This method was...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2012 4:53 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Is linguistics a science and if so, how?

Linguistics is a scientific study of humans n language. The scope is broad. This includes the study of etymology, morphology, grammar, semantics, context, phonology, and syntax. Linguistic study...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2012 7:48 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Please find an example of post-modification in the following paragraph. The young man thought to himself, "What a...

There are a couple of noun postmodifications in your example paragraph. Postmodification of nouns is the syntactical function that adds information directly related to a preceding noun in a...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2011 12:13 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Why it is necessary for a language teacher to have a good grounding in linguistics?

It is imperative for a language teacher to have a good grounding in linguistics because linguistics is the scientific study of language in terms of a) how it is learned b) how it is applied...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2012 10:34 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the interface of semantics and grammar as suggested here: "the meaning of a sentence is the product of both...

You are actually asking two different things, although they are related in a means-ends type relationship. LEXICAL as in Lexical Categories: "A lexical category is a syntactic category for...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2012 6:45 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How did linguistic analysis of the verbatim reports submitted by police help clear Bentley posthumously? Briefly...

The case of Derek Bentley, convicted and hanged for murder in London in 1953, illustrates the problems and possibilities of forensic linguistic analysis in criminal cases. Bentley, a...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2020 5:26 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What are the differences between human and animal communication?

In rebuttal of the statement that animal communication is inclusively instinctual and not learned, studies have been conducted with domestic dogs and wolves brought up in captivity around humans....

Latest answer posted December 15, 2015 9:02 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Explain the Ebonics debate from a linguistic point of view.

This is a very controversial topic. All you have to think about is the controversial decision of the Oakland school board that advocated teaching some of their students in Ebonics (AAVE), because...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2013 2:02 am UTC

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Linguistics

Why does diglossia occur in some communities?

Diglossia occurs when there are two different languages or dialects spoken within a single community. Usually one of these is given more prestige than the other, which is often associated with low...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2012 3:09 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How do individuals acquire and develop language?

Language acquisition as an area of study has garnered profound interest, more so in the last two to three decades, by linguists and researchers interested in child psychology, cognition and...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2015 9:58 am UTC

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Linguistics

How does the Grammar Translation Method differ from other language teaching methods?

The Grammar Translation Method (GTM) of foreign and second language teaching is a language learning and teaching strategy in which language is translated verbatim, that is, word for word and...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2011 12:52 am UTC

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Linguistics

How and where does the rich diversity of languages in the world come from?

There are over 6500 spoken languages in the world. And even this figure could well be an underestimation of reality, as there are some languages that are not recorded at all and some that have died...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 6:10 am UTC

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Linguistics

Which type of language includes technical or professional vocabularies, calculations, or formulas?    

A variety of language that is used for a particular social, religious or professional setting is known as a “register.” The vocabulary of the register of a language consists of special words or...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 5:25 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is the essence of suffix "-al" in the words pedantic and pedantical, tyrranic and tyrannical, semantic and...

The words that you are analyzing, semantic tyrannic pedantic have two things in common. First, they are adjectives, or words that describe. Second, they all have the adjective forming -ic ending,...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2013 2:15 pm UTC

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