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The choice of an auxiliary language for the world. Perspectives within the context of contemporary linguistics

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 108 Nombre de pages
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 1984 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, Lancaster University (Depar... Lire la suite
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Thesis (M.A.) from the year 1984 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, Lancaster University (Departement of Linguistics and Modern English Language), language: English, abstract: This work explores criteria for the selection of a Universal Auxiliary Language (UAL) through the lens of late-20th century Linguistics. The text is based on several innovative premises. First, whereas academic linguists almost exclusively focus on natural languages and UAL proponents generally consider only artificial ones (along with a few modified natural languages), this work is based on the premise that a global auxiliary could be either natural or constructed in nature. Secondly, the work embraces the idea of comparing the linguistic features of potential UALs -- which also applies to the highly competitive field of UALs ("Interlinguistics") but not to post-19th-century General Linguistics, where natural-language comparisons have been shunned on the grounds of the presumed equality of natural languages (and to avoid ethno-linguistic supremacism.) In reviewing, then, what if anything Linguistics could contribute to UAL selection, the text covers: [a] a broad definition of UAL, [b] a typology of UAL contenders, [c] a review of social and political linguistic criteria for UAL selection, [d] investigation into the notions of UAL "simplicity" and "learnability" against the backdrop of the innateness hypothesis in Linguistics, [e] the relevance of grammatical features of creolization, and lastly [f] a contrastive review of potential UAL scripts. A key distinction is made between [1] simplicity defined cognitively as maximum regularity and fewness of rules, as generally proposed by unilinguists for the benefit adult learners of proposed UALs, and [2] simplicity defined neurolinguistically as closeness to the morpho-syntactic dictates of the posited innateness that is central to much of Linguistics in the

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Titre: The choice of an auxiliary language for the world. Perspectives within the context of contemporary linguistics
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Code EAN: 9783668013483
ISBN: 978-3-668-01348-3
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 108
Poids: 161g
Taille: H7mm x B210mm x T148mm
Année: 2015
Auflage: 1. Auflage.