LINGUIST List 11.1074

Thu May 11 2000

Books: Pragmatics, Corpus Linguistics

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  1. Eric van Broekhuizen, Pragmatics: Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Wording Effects in Surveys
  2. Eric van Broekhuizen, Corpus Ling: Corpora Galore, J. Kirk (ed)
  3. Eric van Broekhuizen, Corpus Ling: Multilingual Corpora in Teaching and Research

Message 1: Pragmatics: Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Wording Effects in Surveys

Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 08:08:34 +0200
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl>
Subject: Pragmatics: Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying Wording Effects in Surveys

Bregje Holleman
The forbid/allow asymmetry
On the cognitive mechanisms underlying wording effects in surveys.
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA 2000. XII,246 pp.
(Utrecht Sudies in Language and Communication 16)

ISBN: 90-420-1341-9 Hfl. 85,-/US-$ 47.--

Questionnaires are widely used in the social sciences and very often
survey data form the basis for governmental and commercial planning or
evaluation. Yet the quality of survey data is not attested to, since
a large variety of factors in the language-use situation prove to
influence the answers unintentionally. The forbid/allow asymmetry is a
well-known example of this: when respondents are asked whether
something should be forbidden, about 50% may answer 'yes, forbid' -
whereas an equivalent question phrased with the verb 'to allow' could
well cause up to 75% of the respondents to answer 'no, it should not
be allowed'. Which question wording is preferable to measure
respondents' true attitudes? Only when we know why the answers differ,
can we decide on that.

This book is the first to apply a systematic cognitive approach to
describe the causes of the forbid/allow asymmetry. The
question-answering process is unravelled by a variety of experiments
and meta-analytic techniques. Analyses reveal that the difference in
question wording does not prompt respondents to retrieve different
attitudes. Instead, the asymmetry reflects that the question wording
causes the response options to be used differently. Because of the
qualifying dimensions in the question text, the meanings of 'yes' and
'no' change, as well as the cognitive distance between them.

This study sheds a different light on processes of question-answering
and text interpretation. Furthermore, practical advice on
questionnaire design and on the interpretation of survey data is given
on the basis of these new insights.

Contents: Chapter 1 A cognitive perspective on the forbid/allow
asymmetry. Chapter 2 The state of the art in forbid/allow
research. Chapter 3 Generalizing the asymmetry beyond question
level. Chapter 4 Attitude retrieval versus mapping an answer. Chapter
5 The communicative setting as an influencing factor. Chapter 6
Communicative restrictions and the answering scales. Chapter 7 The
relative meanings of yes and no. Chapter 8 On cognitive mechanisms
underlying wording effects. References. Concise subject index. Author
index.

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Message 2: Corpus Ling: Corpora Galore, J. Kirk (ed)

Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 08:10:49 +0200
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl>
Subject: Corpus Ling: Corpora Galore, J. Kirk (ed)

Corpora Galore.
Analyses and Techniques in Describing English.
Papers from the Nineteenth International Conference on English Language
Research on Computerised Corpora (ICAME 19-98).
Edited by John M. Kirk.
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA 2000.
X,344 pp.
(Language and Computers 30)

ISBN: 90-420-0419-3 Hardbound Hfl. 175,-/US-$ 97.-
ISBN: 90-420-0409-6 Paper Hfl. 60,-/US-$ 33.-

Contents: Preface. Acknowledgements.
I LEXICAL AND COLLOCATIONAL DESCRIPTION
Susan BLACKWELL: Looking up look: Discourse Markers in the Bank of English
Sebastian HOFFMANN and Hans-Martin LEHMANN: Collocational Evidence from the
British National Corpus
Graeme KENNEDY and Shunji YAMAZAKI: The Influence of Maori on the New
Zealand English Lexicon
Anthony McENERY, John Paul BAKER and Andrew HARDIE: Assessing Claims about
Language Use with Corpus Data: Swearing and Abuse
David C. MINUGH: You people use such weird expressions: The frequency of
idioms in newspaper CDs as corpora
Vincent B.Y. OOI: Asian or Western Realities? Collocations in
Singaporean-Malaysian English
II SYNTACTIC DESCRIPTION
J�rgen GERNER: Singular and Plural Anaphors of Indefinite Personal Pronouns
in Spoken British English
G�ran KJELLMER: Auxiliary Marginalities: The Case of Try
Anna RAHMAN and Geoffrey SAMPSON: Extending Grammar Annotation to
Spontaneous Speech
Pasi TAPANAINEN and Timo J�RVINEN: Syntactic Concordancers
Atro VOUTILAINEN: Helsinki Taggers and Parsers for English
Sean WALLIS, Bas AARTS and Gerald NELSON: Parsing in Reverse: Exploring
ICE-GB with Fuzzy Tree Fragments and ICECUP

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Message 3: Corpus Ling: Multilingual Corpora in Teaching and Research

Date: Thu, 11 May 2000 08:28:27 +0200
From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl>
Subject: Corpus Ling: Multilingual Corpora in Teaching and Research

Multilingual Corpora in Teaching and Research
Edited by Simon Philip Botley, Anthony Mark McEnery and Andrew Wilson
Amsterdam/Atlanta, GA 2000. 214 pp.
(Language and Computers 22)
ISBN: 90-420-0551-3	Hardcover Hfl. 115,-/US-$ 60.50
ISBN: 90-420-0541-6	Paper Hfl. 35,-/US-$ 18.-

The use of corpus data in languages other than English has become
increasingly important in recent years, and as a result has given rise
to a growing body of research and applications in multilingual corpus
linguistics. This book collects together a selection of papers which
have made use of multilingual corpus data in language teaching, as
well as linguistic research.

The corpora described in this book include data in a variety of
languages, including Swedish, Chinese, German and Italian, and the
contributors include well known scholars in the fields of corpus
linguistics and corpus-based language teaching.

Table of Contents: Chapter One: Tony MCENERY and Michael OAKES:
Bilingual Text Alignment - An Overview. Chapter Two: Michael SIMARD,
George FOSTER, Marie-Louise HANNAN, Elliott MACKLOVITCH and Pierre
PLAMONDON: Bilingual Text Alignment: Where Do We Draw The Line?
Chapter Three: Pernilla DANIELSSON and Daniel RIDINGS: Corpus And
Terminology: Software For The Translation Program At G�teborgs
Universitet Or Getting Students To Do The Work. Chapter Four: Carol
PETERS, Eugenio PICCHI, And Lisa BIAGINI: Parallel And Comparable
Bilingual Corpora In Language Teaching And Learning. Chapter FIVE:
Ren�e MEYER, Mary Ellen OKUROWSKI and Th�r�se HAND: Using Authentic
Corpora And Language Tools For Adult-Centred Learning. Chapter Six:
Jennifer PEARSON: Teaching Terminology Using Electronic
Resources. Chapter Seven: Michael BARLOW: Parallel Texts in Language
Teaching. Chapter Eight: David WOOLLS: From Purity To Pragmatism;
User-Driven Developments Of A Multilingual Parallel
Concordancer. Chapter Nine: Stig JOHANSSON And Knut HOFLAND: The
English-Norwegian Parallel Corpus: Current Work And New
Directions. Chapter Ten: Raphael SALKIE: Unlocking The Power Of The
Smemuc. Cha[ter Eleven: Josef SCHMIED And Barbara FINK: Corpus-Based
Contrastive Lexicology: The Case Of English With And Its German
Translation Equivalents. Chapter Twelve: Tony MCENERY, Scott PIAO &
Xu XIN: Parallel Alignment In English And Chinese. Bibliography. List
of Contributors. Index.

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