From: Mari Broman Olsen (email@example.com)
Date: Fri Jun 06 1997 - 13:59:20 EDT
Certainly when we speak with each other in a language we both
understand, we do not analyze (consciously) each word, we "just
understand", as a recent post-er suggests. However, i) we need to find
a way to understand languages, especially those that are not spoken
now, we do NOT understand, and ii) we learn different aspects of a
word when we analyze it, it's distribution, for example. Did you
know, for example, that German children ages 2-3 appear to have very
advanced syntax, even though they are not uttering many propositions
larger than 3 words, in that they use infinitives primarily in final
position and inflected forms primarily in second position (like the
Thorsten Caeser (doll) haben.
Ich hab' Glas.
(AND they capitalize their nouns :-D )
So much for cocktail party linguistics.
Mari Broman Olsen
University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
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