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An innovative text which adopts the tools of cultural studies to provide a fresh approach to the study of Chinese language, culture and society. The book tackles areas such as grammar, language, gender, popular culture, film and the Chinese diaspora and employs the concepts of social semiotics to extend the ideas of language and reading. Covering a range of cultural texts, it will help to break down the boundaries around the ideas and identities of East and West and provide a more relevant analysis of the Chinese and China.
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Janet Swaffar and Katherine Arens offer a holistic approach to postsecondary language teaching that integrates the study of literature and culture into every level of the curriculum. By studying multiple genres ranging from popular to elite, students gain an understanding of multiple communicative frameworks - and develop multiple literacies. Swaffar and Arens propose the use of a sequence of template-generated exercises that leads students from basic grammar patterns to a sophisticated grasp of the interrelations among language use, meaning, and cultural context. One example of their approach is the teaching of Laura Esquivel's novel Como agua para chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate). From exercise to exercise, students consider use of tense, narrative strategy (the connection between recipes and plot), and the social codes in the novel compare the novel with the Hollywood film version (different imagery for different audiences) critique promotional descriptions of the film on the Internet examine a magazine interview of Esquivel (to expose the interviewer's assumptions) The authors combine theory and practice, research and personal experience, to present a new, interdisciplinary curriculum that should strengthen the teaching of foreign languages in junior colleges, four-year colleges, and universities.
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Word order is one of the major properties on which languages are compared and its study is fundamental to linguistics. This comprehensive survey provides an up-to-date, critical overview of this widely debated topic, exploring and evaluating word order research carried out in four major theoretical frameworks - linguistic typology, generative grammar, optimality theory and processing-based theories. It is the first book to bring these theoretical approaches together in one place and is therefore a one-stop resource covering the current developments in word order research. It explains word order patterns in different languages and at different structural levels and critically evaluates (and where possible, compares) the theoretical assumptions and word order principles used in the different approaches. Also highlighted are issues and problems that require further investigation or remain unresolved. This book will be invaluable to those investigating word order, and researchers and students in syntax, linguistic theory and typology.
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Das letzte Jahrzehnt des 20. Jahrhunderts hat Europa eine Reihe gravierender politischer Veränderungen gebracht. Die wichtigsten darunter waren sicherlich der Zusammenbruch des kommunistischen Systems, die Wiedervereinigung Deutschlands, der Zerfall Jugoslawiens, die Teilung der ehemaligen Tschechoslowakei in zwei Staaten, das Aufkeimen rechtspopulistischer und neonazistischer Bewegungen, die geplante Osterweiterung der Europäischen Union und nicht zuletzt die erstmalige Bildung einer für Österreich neuartigen Regierungskoalition zwischen einer konservativen und rechtspopulistischen Partei sowie die damit einhergehenden internationalen Querelen. Um diese politischen Veränderungen und ihre linguistischen Konsequenzen zu untersuchen, veranstalteten die Herausgeber im November 2001 an der Universität Wien ein international und interdisziplinär besetztes Symposion.
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The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence explores policies and practices that affect the use and position of English.
The book discusses the ways in which people’s language choices relate to the history, politics, and economies of their local context. Throughout, the focus is on the international nature of English and its use alongside other languages in a range of contexts.
The book covers topical issues including the role that English plays in shaping migratory patterns, the English teaching and publishing industries, and the dominance of English in the global media. Key theoretical concepts are introduced in an accessible manner, and readers are given an in-depth understanding of the roles that English and other languages play as people mediate relationships of competition, conflict and co-existence in today’s globalised world.
Drawing on the latest research and The Open University’s wide experience of writing accessible and innovative texts, this book:
• explains basic concepts and assumes no previous study of English or linguistics
• contains a range of source material and commissioned readings to supplement chapters
• includes contributions from leading experts in their fields including Mona Baker, Jan Blommaert, Deborah Cameron, Guy Cook, John Gray, Frank Monaghan and Naz Rassool
• has an international scope, encompassing examples and case studies from the UK, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Africa
• is illustrated in full colour and includes a comprehensive index.
The Politics of English: Conflict, Competition, Co-existence is essential reading for students of English language studies, and cultural and international studies.
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In this monograph, Anatoliy V. Kharkhurin presents the results of his empirical investigation into the impact of multilingual practice on an individual's creative potential. Until now, the relationship between these two activities has received little attention in the academic community. The book makes an attempt to resuscitate this theme and provides a solid theoretical framework supported by contemporary empirical research conducted in a variety of geographic, linguistic, and sociocultural locations. This study demonstrates that several factors - such as the multilinguals' age of language acquisition, proficiency in these languages and experience with cultural settings in which these languages were acquired - have a positive impact on selective attention and language mediated concept activation mechanisms. Together, these facilitate generative and innovative capacities of creative thinking. This book will be of great interest not only to scholars in the fields of multilingualism and creativity, but also to educators and all those interested in enhancing foreign language learning and fostering creativity.