LINGUIST List 11.375

Tue Feb 22 2000

Qs: Lang Testing/Program Evaluation, Chomsky Quote

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  1. Mailhes, Veronica N, Language Testing and Program Evaluation
  2. Joseph Davis, Chomsky and statistics

Message 1: Language Testing and Program Evaluation

Date: Mon, 21 Feb 2000 19:49:08 -0000
From: Mailhes, Veronica N <vnmailessex.ac.uk>
Subject: Language Testing and Program Evaluation

I'm a post graduate student at Essex University. I'm studying MA in
Language Testing and Programme Evaluation and I need info, that is, update
literature (names of books, articles, journals) by well-known peolpe about
'Testing English for Specific Purposes Using Translation'
Thank you. 
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Message 2: Chomsky and statistics

Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2000 08:07:20 -0800 (PST)
From: Joseph Davis <jsphdvsyahoo.com>
Subject: Chomsky and statistics

For a forthcoming paper on statistics in linguistics,
I would appreciate help in finding a reference. 
Chomsky once dismissed the relevance of statistics in
linguistics, saying something to the effect that it
would be of little interest to find that speakers in
New York say "bagel" more often than speakers
elsewhere. The point was that grammaticality
judgements do not depend on pragmatic frequency. The
paper would have been pre-1985. Thank you.

Joseph Davis
City College of New York
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