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LINGUIST List 16.2939

Tue Oct 11 2005

Books: Applied Ling/Text/Corpus Ling, English: Römer

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy: Römer

Message 1: Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy: Römer
Date: 05-Oct-2005
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy: Römer

Title: Progressives, Patterns, Pedagogy
Subtitle: A corpus-driven approach to English progressive forms, functions, contexts and didactics
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 18
Published: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2018

Author: Ute Römer, University of Hanover
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222894 Pages: xiv + 328 Price: Europe EURO 130.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222894 Pages: xiv + 328 Price: U.S. $ 156.00

This book presents a large-scale corpus-driven study of progressives in
'real' English and 'school' English, combining an analysis of general
linguistic interest with a pedagogically motivated one. A systematic
comparative analysis of more than 10,000 progressive forms taken from the
largest existing corpora of spoken British English and from a small corpus
of EFL textbook texts highlights numerous differences between actual
language use and textbook language concerning the distribution of
progressives, their preferred contexts, favoured functions, and typical
lexical-grammatical patterns. On the basis of these differences, a number
of pedagogical implications are derived, the integration of which then
leads to a first draft of an innovative concept of teaching progressives -
a concept which responds to three key criteria in pedagogical description:
typicality, authenticity, and communicative utility. The analysis also
demonstrates that many existing accounts of the progressive are
inappropriate in several respects and that not enough attention is being
paid to lexical-grammatical relations.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements xiii
1. Introduction: A need to take stock of progressives 1-6
2. The theoretical basis of the study: Corpora, contexts, didactics 7-18
3. Progressives in theoretical studies and grammars of English 19-36
4. Progressives in spoken British English 37-170
5. Progressive teaching(?): Progressives in the German EFL classroom 171-242
6. Progressives in real spoken English and in "school" English: A
comparison 243-273
7. Pedagogical implications: True facts, textbooks, teaching 275-291
8. Conclusions: Corpus, practice, theory 293-298
Notes 299-307
References 309-324
Index 325-327

"Ute Römer analyses massive quantities of real speech to reveal not only
the variation which traditional linguistics assigns to dialects, but also
the variation which is a common everyday feature of Standard English
speech. Ute Römer is perfectly positioned and qualified to remain in the
forefront of English corpus linguistics."
Prof. Rainer Schulze, University of Hanover, Germany

"Römer's book shows that the traditional separation into grammar on the one
hand, and the lexicon on the other doesn't do justice to the complexity of
the data. The progressive is not a uniform grammatical phenomenon, but
partly lexically driven."
Prof. Bernhard Kettemann, Karl-Franzens University, Graz, Austria

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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