LINGUIST List 10.96

Thu Jan 21 1999

Qs: Prague School, Action research/lang. teaching

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  1. Frederick Newmeyer, Influence of Prague School
  2. Bart Bonamie, Action research & language teaching

Message 1: Influence of Prague School

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:07:59 -0800 (PST)
From: Frederick Newmeyer <>
Subject: Influence of Prague School

Much has been written about the influence of the pre- World War II
Prague School on generative phonology. I am interested in the extent
to which Prague School conceptions have influenced North American and
Western European SYNTAX, both generative and nongenerative. For
example, the use by generativists of distinctive features on
morphological and syntactic elements presumably derives from
Prague. Likewise, one would assume that Praguean work on functional
sentence perspective has influenced current functional
linguistics. Has anything been written about 'direct lines of
transmission' between pre-war Praguean linguistics and the development
of modern formal and functional linguistics? Do such direct lines of
transmission exist?

I'll summarize.

Fritz Newmeyer
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Message 2: Action research & language teaching

Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 16:13:55 +0100
From: Bart Bonamie <>
Subject: Action research & language teaching

Dear all,

Our department introduces the principle of teacher-as-researcher for
training language teachers; they are invited to reflect on their own
teaching through an action research assignment. E.g., by suggesting a
hypothesis for a language lesson, teaching it, reflecting,
problematizing, etc.

Is there anyone who is working in the same field? Any suggestions on
how to combine action research and language teaching are welcome.


Bart. \\\ ///
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