This volume explores how human languages become what they are, why they differ from one another in certain ways but not in others, and why they change in the ways that they do. Peter Culicover proposes that language change and variation are responses to the pressure to find efficient grammatical solutions to the task of expressing human thought.
The volume explores the integration of language and society as reflected in the grammar of a language. It draws on data from a range of diverse languages to examine how aspects of grammar such as honorifics and possessives relate to societal practices.
Readers of all ages, especially those in school, use learning materials in print, on digital screens, and increasingly with audio. While the words may be the same, research shows important differences in the way we concentrate, understand, and remember with these three media.
Patricia (Researcher, Researcher, CNRS, Paris 8) Cabredo Hofherr & Jenny (Professor of Semantics and Language Variation, Professor of Semantics and Language Variation, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics) Doetjes
Sam (Associate Professor of French Linguistics, Associate Professor of French Linguistics, University of Oxford) Wolfe & Christine (Professor of French Linguistics, Professor of French Linguistics, University of Oslo) Meklenborg