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Linguistics

Write note on The Affective Fiter Hypothesis.

The Affective Filter hypothesis was developed by Stephen Krashen in 1982, and it is part of a total of five different hypotheses regarding the acquisition of foreign and second languages. The...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2012 9:30 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is Blum- Kulka's argument against Brown & Levinson's claim that off record indirect strategies are more...

Blum-Kulka's argument against Brown and Levinson's claim is based on empirical research and not on any sort of philosophical argument. Blum-Kulka conducted research with speakers of both Hebrew...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2012 1:35 am UTC

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Linguistics

Give two examples of male and female speech-linguistic variations.

One way in which men and women differ in their speech patterns is in the use of terminal questions. A terminal question is a grammatical statement that sounds like a question because of the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2013 12:58 am UTC

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Linguistics

plz i need a help could any one help me to draw a syntax tree of these sentnces 1- the principal said that the...

I can't draw the actual tree here, but I can help you identify the parts of speech in the above sentences which may help you then create the tree in the appropriate manner. The words of the actual...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 4:04 am UTC

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Linguistics

What are the advantages of studying a language as a system rather than a tool of communication ?

In some cases, studying a language as a system can make the new language easier to learn. For example, when I learned Japanese, we studied the new language as a system first. Since we were having...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2011 12:50 am UTC

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Linguistics

When did Anglo-Saxon English change to Middle English?

Of course, the change from Old English to Middle English did not occur all at once. So there is no one date on which Old English died and Middle English began. The best we can say is that Middle...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2011 12:26 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is direct and indirect denial in mathematical linguistics? And how do logic proofs work?

To my understanding, mathematical linguistics may include logical proofs as a part of its coverage, but the two are distinct entities and do not necessarily overlap academically or...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2014 4:31 am UTC

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Linguistics

Write a term paper entitled "Semantics, Syntax and Pragmatics." Consider at least 3 books and one website, which you...

How you approach this assignment depends on what your instructor has required. You could write an argumentative paper concerning one particular scholarly area or an informative paper reviewing...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020 4:19 am UTC

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Linguistics

What are the benefits of being bilingual?

The immediate practical benefits of being bilingual are clear. Bilingualism increases the number of people with whom you can communicate easily and directly. If the second language in question is a...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2020 7:36 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How is language defined? In what ways does such a definition distinguish between natural and artificial langauges?

Language is defined as a symbolic or semiotic system used for communication. Its essential characteristic is that it is a system of signs, which consist of a signifier that stands in either a...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2012 4:32 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How did the Germanic languages influence the English language?

The Germanic languages were extremely influential in shaping the English language as we know it today. The original inhabitants of the islands we now know as the British Isles (England, Scotland,...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 9:24 pm UTC

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Linguistics

In what way have views of women's language (English) changed in the last century?

In general, trends in scholarship (in social sciences) tend to be affected by changes in overall attitudes in society. This is true with respect to views on the idea of "women's English." In the...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2012 11:04 pm UTC

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Linguistics

I need help writing a note on Age Differences in Second Language Aquisition.

In The age factor in second language acquisition: a critical look at the Critical Period Hypothesis, Singleton and Lengyel (1995) make an argument against the "Critical Period" Hypothesis proposed...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012 7:22 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How is language acquisition acquired?

There are a number of different theories concerning language acquisition. Many still leave some important questions unanswered. Most theories agree on several key principles though. For young...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2020 10:23 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Is the following statement about language translation true? "Translating idioms and proverbs is one of the main...

Language systems embody cultural awareness instead of simply describing static externalities. The bigger the cultural differences between the Source Language and the Target language (SL and TL),...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2013 10:14 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is prosodic analysis of comic speech? What are the controlling ideas and the conclusion of "Humor: Prosody...

The key to understanding the main ideas of this article is knowing its purpose. The article is written by two researchers at the Intelligent Systems Program of the University of Pittsburgh. This...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2016 1:43 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What significant role does sociolinguistics plays in the field of linguistics?

Excellent answer. One other important element: the level of education is embedded in language choices, "correctness" of grammar, sophistication of vocabulary, etc.

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012 3:02 am UTC

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Linguistics

Language originWhat is the origin of language? Do you agree with the conventionlists and naturelists's point of view...

I am a little torn, but I believe conventionalism. I think that over time, people agree on language by using it. Consider the new words that are added to our language, and how some nouns become...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2012 10:07 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What ae the tests you can apply to determine whether a sequence of words is a syntatic constituent? Provide me with...

There are many different tests which one can use in order to determine if a sequence of words is a syntactic constituent. The five below are some of the easiest to understand and provide examples...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2012 7:23 am UTC

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Linguistics

Discuss selecting a model variety of English for ESL, EFL classroom.

It is true that, in order to achieve a good success rate in the EFL/ESL classroom teachers should select a model variety of English to ensure that the type of EL that is being taught reunites the...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What are some ways in which an English class and a Linguistics class can be tied together? 

English classes (I am assuming you are referring to a typical English literature/grammar class and not an English Language class (meaning that the English language is taught))tend to include the...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2013 2:55 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the phrase structure rules for the following sentences? 1) Real Madrid move for Sancho. 2) The move to stop...

When we're dealing with sentence structure—or "phrase structure," as you call it—we can give you some general rules. Yet keep in mind, we are working with words. Unlike numbers, words aren't so...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 4:11 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What factor and aspects are to be considered when analyzing the social context of language teaching and learning?

When analyzing the social context of language teaching and learning, the first thing to consider is what Holliday (2001) refers to as the "macro social context". This outer wall that surrounds the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 5:21 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Are there many types of English or just one type of English?

Every language has dialects within itself. There is a usually at least one standard or formal dialect of the language that is used in schools, government, and media. Then there are informal...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2016 3:31 am UTC

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Linguistics

What are some words that had a traditional meaning but have been redifined by more recent cultures? Thinking  in...

The word whose meaning has changed most strikingly in recent times is the word "gay." When my parents were growing up in the 1950s, this word still meant "happy" or "carefree." Songs in popular...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2012 1:19 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Counter-argue Chosky's arguments concerning language innateness.

The basic tenet of Chomsky's theory of second language acquisition is that humans are, so to speak, pre-wired genetically and psychologically with what he refers to as a "linguistic corpus", that...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2011 2:31 am UTC

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Linguistics

Is there a one to one relationship between active and passive voice?

Passive and active voices are ways of making statements, in which the agent can either be the subject of the sentence or the object of a preposition. In English, therefore, we can say:1 The dog bit...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2012 8:27 am UTC

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Linguistics

In allowing readers to observe and to interpret, picture books can also implicitly teach young readers the semiotic...

The word "semiotics" comes from the Greek "semeion", which means "sign". In his posthumously published book, A Course in General Linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure, states that Language is a...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2015 11:24 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is  "Sign" in terms of Saussure and what are the fundamental assumptions for it?  

In terms of Ferdinand de Saussure, he originated the two-part model of "sign". He posited that each sign in linguistics has a twin aspect. Saussuere's definition of a sign consisted of the form the...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2012 8:47 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How is it possible to account for universal syntactic features of language outside of Chomsky's theory of innateness?

Chomsky's notion of Universal Grammar presupposed that (1) there are universal syntactic features that can only be accounted for by an innate faculty and (2) language acquisition depended an such...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2011 7:22 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What situations make code-switching more prone to occur? I know this has something to do with indigenous languages, ...

Code-switching is a tendency to revert to our indigenous language (L1) when speaking a target or second language (L2). Research has shown that children of bilingual homes with double exposure to...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2012 4:55 pm UTC

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Linguistics

In the article "Sex Before Marriage: How Far is Too Far” by Tim Lane, what is the origin of the word  "Yada"? I have...

The phrase "yada yada" is attested in English beginning in the 1960s and carries the sense of "and so on", with a derogatory sense of continuing meaningless empty chatter. In other words, you might...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2012 6:40 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is a word which begins with an unvoiced stop, has a tense vowel, and contains a voiced fricative?

Great question, and one which has many answers, but let’s take “teething” as an example. It begins with a voiceless stop, the “t” that does not involve the vocal cords in its production. Next, we...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2018 12:21 am UTC

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Linguistics

What word should be used to describe the farming of chickens? Can the word "rearing" be used?

The connotation of the term "rearing" is typically a parent-child situation, and it implies that care is provided for the child by the parent (including protection, provision, and education)....

Latest answer posted September 19, 2011 12:49 am UTC

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Linguistics

What is meant by langue and parole?

These terms, from Frederick de Saussure’s Course in General Linguistics, are used to differentiate between the tool and its use. Langue (French for “language) is a system of speech—its syntax,...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2012 5:07 pm UTC

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Linguistics

How can you promote the development of multiple word-identification strategies?

To teach someone how to read is to provide that person with strategies to decode and make sense out of the symbols printed on the page so that they become recognizable and meaningful words. Most...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2012 11:04 am UTC

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Linguistics

What has been the major influence of English on other languages?

Ever since British exploration and colonization in the Renaissance English has had global influence on other languages. The first obvious effect was the creation of pidgins and creoles. Pidgins are...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 4:20 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Write a note on the history of '-ing' in English.

The -ing form in the English language apparently came from a blending of the suffix - ende and the suffix - inge from middle English. The new ending then lost it's final e and ended up being what...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2011 5:53 am UTC

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Linguistics

Can communication be achieved if there are language errors?

This is a very difficult question and one that is sometimes hotly debated among both non-linguists and linguists. While I don't expect to end the debate, I can shed a little light on the question...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 4:33 am UTC

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Linguistics

Noam Chomsky claims that children are born with an innate readiness to learn language. What evidence relates to this...

Chomsky notes similarities in "structure and comprehension" between languages, even languages that do not derive from a similar historical source. He suggests that children learn language too...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2012 7:47 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the meaning of such terms as general and special words and frequent and rare words?

Linguists can “rate” and taxonomize “signifiers” by their recognizability. Thus, open class words (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) that have less specialized application are “general” while...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 3:01 am UTC

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Linguistics

To what extent is "English usage" a controversial issue from a linguistic point of view?

The issue of "English usage" is controversial to the extent that there is conflict between the ideas of prescriptive linguistics and descriptive linguistics. Many linguists only do descriptive...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2012 11:15 pm UTC

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Linguistics

Why take "will" in "Many people will go to the station every morning" as complement to the verb phrase "go to the...

For some reason I read this question differently. I thought that you originally wanted to ask: Why take OUT "will" in the sentence "Many people will go to the station every morning" as complement...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2015 7:16 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is the function of the sentences:1. You MUST SEE the latest Bond movie?2. I think I'LL HAVE a coke.

In linguistics, the function of a sentence, or the sentence's function, is to announce the speaker's purpose for articulating the collection of words (being in sentence form, a fragment, a phrase,...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2012 8:55 am UTC

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Linguistics

"Men speak one way, women speak another."  To what extent is there truth in this claim regarding the English language?

The answer to this depends on what scholars you believe. It may be that your teacher or your text takes a position on this that you are expected to repeat. I would advise you to try to make...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2012 12:48 am UTC

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Linguistics

the need for language clarity. recognizing the way language is used to gain our advantage without our knowledge.

Language clarity is an important aspect of writing for authors to consider. We often find works more appealing that are easy for us to read and relate to. For example, many students find the...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2011 11:22 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What are some features for a four-minute presentation on syntax? It should be an over-all summary of syntax.

Syntax (from the Greek – “to arrange together”) is a general word for the arrangement of objects or ideas or processes with some end result in mind. In linguistics, it carries two meanings: the...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 4:25 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What is meant by " English usage?"

The term "English usage" simply refers to the ways in which people speak English. It refers to things like the grammatical rules that they follow (and those that they do not follow) and to the...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2012 1:05 am UTC

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Linguistics

I need help analyzing the topic of linguistics as part of one of these areas of study: -communications -age as a...

Let's focus on the role of linguistics as part of the variables that naturally occur in sociolinguistics. As the word implies, the study focuses on how a specific cultural, ethnic, religious, or...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2013 2:33 pm UTC

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Linguistics

What types of linguistic evidence have been been submitted in different court cases? What types of linguistic...

Linguistic evidence is used as a type of forensic science in legal proceedings. Linguistic analysis is routinely performed on a broad array of evidence such as suicide notes, ransom notes, 911...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2020 2:25 am UTC

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