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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Physics, Research 0

Introduction Muons were first discovered by Carl Anderson, Seth Neddermeyer and their colleagues in 1936, when they studied the tracks left behind by comic rays in their cloud chamber. Atmospheric muons are short-lived particles but are nonetheless fast-moving and thus have high penetrating power. They can pass through a block of lead easily without being […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Excerpt Being one of the most spoken languages in the world, Italian is regarded by many as the most beautiful language 1. Nowadays, there is a vast population of 60 million people speaking Italian all over the world2. It is the official language of Italy and San Marino, one of the official languages in Switzerland […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Introduction Everyday experiences tell us that boys and girls talk differently. In terms of intention, boys, for instance, tend to use language to top each other, while girls tend to use it to show that they are actually the same. In terms of body behavior during conversations, boys tend to move around and avoid direct […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Physics, Research 0

Introduction Denoting the size of the universe at time universe is described by Einstein’s equation of motion. The first term of the equation describes the gravitational attraction and the second term describes the vacuum repulsion. Our task is to describe the future expansion of the universe and trace backward to find the age of it […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Huang (1984) proposes that null object is a variable controlled by a null topic, unlike null subject which is a real null pronoun. This paper tries to verify this proposal by investigating the distribution of null object in Cantonese. It is found that while Huang’s proposal is able to explain the majority part of the distribution of null object, it is unable to give an explanation to several cases related to resultativity and indirect object which disallow null object. A possible explanation is given to account for these cases, which is related to feature checking and a modified version of Huang’s Generalized Control Rule.

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Excerpt When one gets in touch with a new language, the first thing that catches his attention is probably the alphabet. The German alphabet consists of all the 26 letters from the English alphabet, together with 4 additional letters, namely die Umlaute ä, ö, ü and das scharfes s ß, which only exists in lowercase. […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 1

Introduction In the realm of linguistic study, it is commonly accepted that individual sounds do not represent any particular meanings. It is, for instance, meaningless to ask what [p] or [a] mean. The sound for the word of a particular meaning is arbitrary; therefore there is generally no connection between sound and meaning. This, however, […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Introduction Proper names have a number of intriguing properties that are not shared by common nouns such as book, apple or man. Syntactically, in many of the world’s languages, such as English, German and Hebrew, proper names typically do not and cannot take an article (cf. *a/the Thomas). They can neither be modified by a […]

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22nd Mar 2010Posted in: Linguistics, Research 0

Introduction German and English are both Germanic languages; consequently, they share a lot of similarities in terms of the vocabularies. However, due to various historical reasons, the grammar of English has undergone a lot of changes since its divorce from High German. The accumulated result is the often subtle differences in the languages’ grammars, and […]

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