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Linguistic diversity, language documentation and psycholinguistics: The role of stimuli

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Title:Linguistic diversity, language documentation and psycholinguistics: The role of stimuli
Authors:Hellwig, Birgit
Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Hellwig, Birgit. 2019. Linguistic diversity, language documentation and psycholinguistics: The role of stimuli. In Lahaussois, Aimée & Vuillermet, Marine (eds.), Methodological Tools for Linguistic Description and Typology, Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 16. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series:LD&C Special Publication
Abstract:Our psycholinguistic theories tend to be based on empirical data from a biased sample of well-described languages, not doing justice to the enormous linguistic diversity in the world. As Evans and Levinson (2009: 447) put it, a major challenge of our discipline is to harness this linguistic diversity and “to show how the child’s mind can learn and the adult’s mind can use, with approximately equal ease, any one of this vast range of alternative systems.” This paper explores some of the possibilities and limits of how language documentation and description can contribute to taking up this challenge, focusing on the role of both natural data and stimuli in this enterprise.
URI/DOI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24855
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Appears in Collections: LD&C Special Publication No. 16: Methodological Tools for Linguistic Description and Typology


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