LINGUIST List 9.631

Wed Apr 29 1998

Qs: ESL, English acquisition, French phonology

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  1. WOMENinTEC, ESL software
  2. RCooli1020, Aquisition of tense/aspect in English by L1 speakers of Arabic
  3. Andreas Gather, Books on French Phonology

Message 1: ESL software

Date: Sun, 26 Apr 1998 20:24:00 EDT
From: WOMENinTEC <WOMENinTECaol.com>
Subject: ESL software

This ascii soundbite says I would be interested in hearing from those who use
Ellis to teach adults ESL. I would like to know what is good/bad about it.
Also I would be interested in hearing what other software is used to teach
ESL. Thanks, Tommy McDonell, Executive Director, Learning English Adult
Program, Inc.

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Message 2: Aquisition of tense/aspect in English by L1 speakers of Arabic

Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 03:01:08 EDT
From: RCooli1020 <RCooli1020aol.com>
Subject: Aquisition of tense/aspect in English by L1 speakers of Arabic

I am currently engaged in research on the following.

A grammaticality judgement task of a 5-point scale , absolutely acceptable
(1), possibly acceptable (2), I don't know (3), absolutely unacceptable (4),
or possibly unacceptable (5), was constructed to examine the acquisition of
tense and aspect by Arabic L1 learners of English as a second language. There
are two factors in the materials' design: (1) Vendler's 4 aspectual classes,
(2) verb marking: 3 morphosyntactic variants of 's', '-ing', and PAST for
absolute tenses and 4 morpho-syntactic variants for relative tenses. A fifth
grammatical variant is added to the past perfect tense and future perfect
tense to elicit data on L1 transfer. A gap-filling task and a story retell
task were also used for the same purpose. 

I would appreciate any references that would be helpful in this project.
Please reply to RCooli1020aol.com
	
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Message 3: Books on French Phonology

Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 18:16:32 +0200
From: Andreas Gather <andreas.gatherruhr-uni-bochum.de>
Subject: Books on French Phonology

Dear Linguists,

For a course on French phonology that I'm going to teach next fall I'm
still looking for a good textbook. The book should be written in
French (for practical reasons), couched in the framework of GENERATIVE
phonology and treat all those aspects - like feature geometry, glide
formation, nasalization, latent consonants, liaison, schwa (empty
nuclei) and so on - that are (still) central in the more recent
generative discussion. I would be pleased if someone could help me
with some bibliographical information. Thanks in advance

Andreas Gather

E-Mail: andreas.gatherruhr-uni-bochum.de
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