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27 Jul 2015

Native English speakers of the world

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

Native speakers of English are approximately 430 million people in the world. However, the number of native and non-native speakers is approximated to be 2 billion people. English is the third largest language in terms of the number of speakers after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. In contrast,...

24 Jul 2015

The effects of Norman culture and language on the Saxons

Essay - 1 pages - Linguistics

Change is an inevitable part of existence. Throughout history man has evolved in terms of philosophy, theology, and ideology. Sir Walter Scott provides an identification of the additional elements involved in change through his novel, Ivanhoe. Societal and linguistic changes were the result of...

13 Feb 2011

Speech acts

Essay - 10 pages - Linguistics

In the present research, the researcher will examine 13 main points, each of which will be followed by other subtitles. Throughout these headlines and subtitles, speech acts are going to be investigated in terms of three main stages. The first stage is about Austin's first dichotomy which...

29 Sep 2010

English as a global language : Past, present and future

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

Globalization has ushered in an era of global culture and economy. With this increased internationalization, everyone needs a medium of communication. Intercultural transactions can only take place if a common language is used. The English language has become popular as a common language. As...

29 Sep 2010

The French influence on the English vocabulary

Essay - 11 pages - Linguistics

This quotation of the contemporary glossary by Robert of Gloucester brilliantly sums up the linguistic situation of the English society in the centuries after the Norman Conquest. While French became the language of power and prestige and left its mark on the English language, English remained...

29 Jul 2010

Greek language and literature

Essay - 1 pages - Linguistics

The Greek language has been spoken for nearly 4,000 years. It is the oldest oral language in Europe. The alphabet consists of 24 letters and is the official language in Greece. It's related to Latin, Hittie, Old Slavic, Celtic, and Germanic languages. To create the Greek language, Greeks...

16 Jan 2009

The difference between sentences that are evaluated by linguistic significance alone and sentences that are evaluated by linguistic significance and other circumstances

Essay - 16 pages - Linguistics

Significant differences among sentences of natural language certainly occur. It is not a matter of theoretical philosophy or theoretical linguistics but simply common sense. The difference I would like to focus on is the one between sentences that are evaluated using linguistic significance alone...

10 Sep 2008

The Mohawk people

Essay - 7 pages - Linguistics

The Mohawk are survivors. From the days of their early ancestors to the present day, the Mohawk have dwindled in number but have lived on. This is an exploration of the history and culture of the Mohawk. In this paper I will attempt to explain the past and present state of the...

09 Sep 2008

Language evolution: Anthropology

Essay - 8 pages - Linguistics

Its tops, it's the queens square, it's fabulous, it's cool, it's off the hook. All of these phrases mean the same thing, “It's great”. This is one of many phrases that have taken the twists and turns of the ages through our youth. Throughout history human language continues to evolve...

04 Aug 2008

Second language processing and the access question

Essay - 8 pages - Linguistics

The rest of the paper will be spent expositing and, when necessary, critiquing, some of the literature on second language processing. I will pay particular attention to the recent Shallow Structure Hypothesis (SSH), due to Clahsen and Felser. In contrast to squabbles about the...

01 Aug 2008

Multiple Wh -Questions: Logical form and paired list readings

Essay - 10 pages - Linguistics

In her paper “Multiple Wh Questions,” Veneeta Dayal takes a comprehensive approach to the topic of questions involving multiple wh-elements. She begins the paper by discussing the way in which a study of multiple wh-questions might provide valuable insight into important...

19 Jun 2008

A Radial Category Perspective on Mandarin Verb Complements

Essay - 6 pages - Linguistics

In his treatment of Claudia Brugman's work on the English preposition over, Lakoff (1987) extends Brugman's analysis of that preposition as a radial category, one in which the different meanings of the word can be described in terms of a category structured radically, containing with a central...

19 Jun 2008

The Rhetoric of Growth in Colorado: Reconciling Perceptions and Reality

Essay - 8 pages - Linguistics

In 1990, Colorado was a state of about 3.3 million (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). By 2000, Colorado's population had grown to 4,301,261 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2001b). Colorado's new residents spurred development in areas once sparsely inhabited. The population of Superior in Boulder...

19 Jun 2008

Gender Representation and the Curation of Chicano Visions

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

The Chicano Art Movement began in part as an effort on the part of Chicanos to take agency in their own representation. Before the Movement, most available representation of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans cast them in a negative light — often as servile or violent (Davalos 3)....

19 Jun 2008

The Making of an Official Language : Chaofen Sun

Essay - 6 pages - Linguistics

The foundation for the unification of Chinese has already come into being. It is none other than the standard form of Modern Chinese with the Beijing phonological system as its norm of pronunciation, Northern dialects as its base dialects, and looking to exemplary modern works in...

21 May 2008

A Common Tongue: A Bit About Dialects in a Language

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

Dialect is a variety of language used by people from a particular geographic area. This language is a complete system of verbal communication with its own vocabulary and grammar (“Dialect”).In America today, the common language is English. But what does English mean?...

18 Apr 2008

The Humanity of the Greek Gods

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

If you lived in Athens, Greece around the time when the great poet Homer lived, you probably would be acquainted with the many Greek gods. Homer's written compilation of the epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, which were formerly only told through oral tradition, would be easy for you to...

04 Jan 2008

Are Theories Incommensurable Due to the Untranslatability of One Scientific Language to Another?

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

The most famous exponent of the theory of incommensurability is Thomas Kuhn. To state his theory in the simplest form, incommensurability is simply the idea that theories within science are not compatible, and that the languages they use are, at least in part, mutually untranslatable. This is...

04 Jan 2008

Does the Argument from the Systematicity of Thought to the Language of Thought Hypothesis Work?

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

One of the main arguments to support the language of thought hypothesis (LOTH), as proposed by Fodor (1975), is that of the systematicity of thought. This argument consists of the idea that the ability to entertain certain thoughts is linked to the ability to entertain certain other thoughts....

17 Dec 2007

The Prominence of "ANIMAL for HUMAN" Metaphor

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

The role metaphor plays in language is viewed differently by scholars in different fields. The extremes are the classical view based on Aristotle's writings about metaphor and the Romantic view. Those that follow the classical view see metaphor as a purely literary device used to...

17 Dec 2007

The Morpho-Semantics of English Compound Words: Formation, Meaning and Productivity

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

The ability to compound words in the English language has always been a very productive method of adding new words to the lexicon. Compound words are generally formed in one of two ways, as root compounds or synthetically. Whichever way they are formed, the...

23 Oct 2007

La Politique Linguistique du Sénégal

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

Le problème avec la colonisation est toujours là. La plupart du continent africain a été gouverné par un autre pays à quelque temps ou un autre. Le Sénégal est un de ces pays. Le Sénégal est situé à l'ouest du continent africain, entouré de l'océan Atlantique, de la Mauritanie, du Mali, et de la...

07 Aug 2007

The Trip Turns Dark: From Abbey Road to Paranoid

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

From the summer of 1967 through 1969, rock-and-roll floated on a cloud of acid and love. The formerly mop-topped teen idols the Beatles did not miss the magic bus, first dabbling in psychedelia on 1965's Rubber Soul. The Fab Four continued to experiment throughout the decade,...

07 Aug 2007

Parfit's View of Personal Identity and Human Behavior

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

I intend to explicate Derek Parfit's view regarding personal identity as nothing more than non-branching psychological continuity. I will be brief in my discussion to avoid redundancy, as I have more deeply explicated Parfit's infamous view in my previous paper, “Parfit's View of...

07 Aug 2007

Parfit's View of Personal Identity

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

I intend to explicate Derek Parfit's view regarding personal identity as non-branching psychological continuity as well as some of its ethical and emotional implications. In addition, I will present Parfit's split-brain transplant thought experiment as evidence for his view that...

07 Aug 2007

Tarleton, GA: Dead or Alive?

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

For those caught up in the Southern Myth, antebellum southernmost Georgia is a lot like Heaven. F. Scott Fitzgerald follows a Confederate dreamer to the North and back home to Tarleton, Georgia, in his short story “The Ice Palace.” The Southern girl, Sally Carrol Happer, finds...

07 Aug 2007

The Church's Grasp: Captivity in Joyce's Dubliners

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

It is easy to recognize when one is held captive by the unfamiliar, but the crippling effect of familiar forces is not so easily realized. Throughout American captivity narratives, typically female Anglo-Americans are ensnared by Native Americans, the “other” of early...

07 Aug 2007

Masking the Profound: Yeats and Nietzsche's Masks

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

Though it is impossible to measure the degree of influence that the work of Friedrich Nietzsche had upon William Butler Yeats, a definite change in Yeats' poetry occurred soon after the point in which the Irishman received a copy of Thus Spake Zarathustra in 1902. The...

27 Jul 2006

Music, emotion and Zipf's law

Essay - 59 pages - Linguistics

The hypothesis of Zipf concerning a universal Principle of Least Effort, manifesting itself in Zipf 's law and modeled by Ferrer i Cancho and Sol´e in a signal-object reference matrix,...

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