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Thu Feb 10 2005

Qs: Case, Agreement, WO; English Concordances

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        1.    Vita Markman, Case, Agreement and Word Order
        2.    Rose Cheung, Concordancing in English Language Teaching

Message 1: Case, Agreement and Word Order

Date: 10-Feb-2005
From: Vita Markman <>
Subject: Case, Agreement and Word Order


I have the following question concerning languages without both case and
agreement marking: are there any languages that have no overt case and no
overt agreement but have a non-rigid word order? If not, are all such
languages strictly SVO or is it possible to have other strict word orders?
Can anyone suggest any references on the topic?

Thank you very much in advance, any and all suggestions and literature on
the subject would be most welcome!

-Vita Markman.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

Message 2: Concordancing in English Language Teaching

Date: 10-Feb-2005
From: Rose Cheung <>
Subject: Concordancing in English Language Teaching

Dear all,

I am conducting a case study for a MA degree course on data-driven learning
in respect of learning process and strategies. The concordancers I am
using are either British National Corpus (BNO) or Concordancer of Virtual
Language Centre (VLC). My students are of Form 4 (equivalent to Grade 10
on the whole) second language learners of English.

Do you have any teaching ideas about the use of concordancers to improve
the English of students learning English as the second language?

I want to pass the skill of using concordancers to them and provide them
with a variety of activities to practise the skill. Then I will know how
they are using concordancers.

There will be four to five students chosen for the case study. Now I am
planning to require the students to give a retrospective report to describe
how they make use of the concordancers. To be specific, I am interested to
know the learning process and strategies that learners follow when using
concordancing tools as a learning aid. I will write journals of reflection
of the whole process of my survey too. However, I do not know how I can
make my survey valid?

I would greatly appreciate if you could give any supportive feedback.

Yours sincerely,


Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

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