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Theories of Language: Linguistic Theory

Fields of Linguistics

This is a Web page that was published by the Linguistic Society of America to explain the various types of problems and approaches that experts in linguistics apply to their study of language. It is written for a general audience. Click on About Linguistics and navigate to Fields of Linguistics for specific information about various aspects of linguistic theory.

American Communication Association - Resources for Language and Linguistics

Research resources can be found here for studying a number of languages.

Dialects in Education

This is a list of resources compiled by Douglas A. Demo from the Center for Applied Linguistics about dialects in education.

Landscape of Languages

This is a collection of introductory essays on theories of language and linguistics from Duke University.

Sounds of Language

This Why File examines theories of language development. It also raises questions about whether animal communication is the same as human speech.

Essays on Linguistics

Brief essays from EssayBank in the UK provide concise explanations of theories of linguistics and semiotics.

Language mastery goes native in the brain.
Bruce Bower. Science News, Nov 23, 1996 v150 n21 p326(1).

Structures in brain's left hemisphere are involved in understanding of spoken and signed native language. Studies of blood flow through hemispheres of the brain also found that the right hemisphere of the brain was involved in interpreting sign communication. InfoTrac.

Brain Areas Mapped Out. James Butcher. The Lancet, Sept 16, 2000 v356 i9234 p1005.

The neuroanatomist Korbinian Brodmann subdivided the human brain into 52 "areas" based on the underlying cytoarchitecture. Now, a team of German neuroscientists have examined Brodmann's area 22--a morphological correlate to "Wernicke's area" known to be important for speech comprehension--and have shown that the left (language dominant) and right hemispheres have different patterns of local connectivity in post-mortem human brain tissue. InfoTrac.

Innateness, evolution, and genetics of language. Jennifer Ganger; Karin Stromswold. Human Biology, April 1998 v70 n2 p199(15).

This article reviews the debate over the evolution of language and to suggest some keys to its resolution by examining some of the theoretical and empirical evidence for the innateness of language that has caused renewed interest in the evolution of language. InfoTrac.

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