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Author Ravid, Dorit Diskin.

Title Language Change in Child and Adult Hebrew : a Psycholinguistic Perspective
Published Cary : Oxford University Press, 1995
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Description 1 online resource (246 pages)
Contents Technical Notes; 1. Background; 1.1. Introduction; Sources of Variation in Contemporary Hebrew; 1.2. Language Variation and Modern Hebrew; Classification of Varieties of Spoken Hebrew Usage; Perspectives on Language Variation; 2. The Study; 2.1. The Experiment; Research Instruments; The Language Domains; Research Categories; Procedures; Test-Related Hypotheses; Statistical Methods; 2.2. Results; The Current Status of Study Domains; Summary of Findings; 3. Analysis of Results: The Effects of Literacy and Maturation; 3.1. Appropriate Responses: The Factor of Maturation
3.2. Normative Responses: The Factor of Literacy3.3. Interaction between Age and SES: The Locus of Language Change; Employing Tactical Measures; Language Strategies in Children and Low-SES Adults; 4. Structural Opacity; 4.1. Opacity in Language Change; 4.2. Domains of Instability; Stop/Spirant Alternation; e/a Alternation in Hif'il; Weak Final Syllable; Case-Marked Pronouns; Junction; 5. Principles and Strategies in Language Acquisition and in Language Processing; 5.1. Rote; Transitivity; Primary and Secondary Rote; 5.2. Formal Simplicity; FS in Backformation; 5.3. Formal Consistency
5.7. Summary6. Linguistic Variation and Cost; 6.1. Linguistic Instability: Some Answers; Why Does Language Change?; Why Do Specific Language Domains Undergo Change?; 6.2. Transient Deviations; Analytic to Synthetic; Redundant Tense-Marking; The Double-a Strategy; -it Structures; Defective Roots; Pronominal Suffixes; 6.3. Nonstandard Forms: Literacy-Related Phenomena; Weak Final Syllable Stems; The New Status of Stop/Spirant Alternation; Stem Changes; Future Tense Person Marking; Regularizing CaCeC Verbs; Lexical Exceptions; 2nd Person Case-Marked Pronouns; 6.4. Areas of Language Change
Consistency in Final Weak SyllablesConsistency in Double-a Stems; Reconstructing Missing Root Radicals; Consistency in Choosing y-Final Stem Vowels; Paradigm Leveling in Future-Tense Verbs; 5.4. Semantic Transparency; Spirantization and Semantic Transparency; Semantic Transparency and Tense-Form Splitting; Overmarking Semantic Content; Semantic Coherence; 5.5. Saliency; Saliency in the Segolates; Saliency in Present-Tense Marking; Salient t; Salient -it; Seeking Analytic Structures; 5.6. Typological Consistency: Attending to Canonical Sentence Structure; SVC Order; P-First Order; Consequences
Vowel Alternation in Hif'ilSubject-Verb Concord; Regularizations; tistakel belal 'look'; 7. Language Variation and Language Change: Some More Answers; Who Initiates (and Perpetuates) Language Change?; Why Indeed Are Naive Speakers More Apt to Produce Deviations Than Others?; Why Are Certain Changes ""Successful"" Whereas Others Are Blocked?; Why Are Some Changes Restricted to Certain Segments of the Speech Community, Especially Less Educated Speakers and Children, While Others Spread Quickly Throughout the Whole Population?; What Is an ""Error""?; Language, Literacy, Register; Notes
Summary The study of language acquisition has taken on new meaning in the last decade. Now seen as part of the study of other forms of language variation across time and space, such as dialects and sociolects, and the study of pidgins and Creoles, it can help to provide a new understanding of howlanguage evolves and what directs its development. Dorit Ravid here provides a study of contemporary speakers of Hebrew, focusing in particular on inflectional morphology. She traces language development from childhood to adulthood in Hebrew speakers, and explores strategies of language acquisitionand language
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ISBN 0195358139