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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.


Call Deadline: 15-Apr-2014

Call Information:
The journal Linguistica, published by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), will devote its 54th issue (2014) to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

In the past, few documents have had such an impact on teaching and learning languages as the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (2001, in further text: CEFR). Thirteen years after its publication the time to evaluate it has probably come; many positive effects of the CEFR are visible, but nevertheless there are also some critical points of view.

In the journal, we will give priority to research based articles which deal with the following aspects:
- Language acquisition and language learning.
- Learner/user in language teaching process: his needs and competences,
- Action based approach (also compared to other methodologies),
- Plurilingualism and multilingualism,
- Knowledge and skills,
- Reception, interaction and production in foreign language: skills and strategies,
- Texts and other documents in foreign language classroom,
- Tasks in foreign language classroom,
- Assessment and testing,
- The influence of CEFR on foreign language manuals,
- The influence of CEFR on school programmes, included university programmes of language studies and translation,
- The influence of CEFR on teaching language for specific purposes,
- Curricular issues.

The list is not exhaustive and proposals concerning other aspects of CEFR are also welcome.

Authors are invited to submit the title and the abstract (100 - 200 words) of their paper as an email attachment (Word or PDF) at by 15th April 2014. Each abstract will be evaluated by two members of the reviewing committee. Papers and abstracts can be written in English, German, Spanish, French or Italian. The accepted papers should not exceed 30,000 characters (including spaces) and should be reviewed by a native speaker.

Deadline for abstracts: 15 April 2014
Notification of acceptance: 30 April 2014
Deadline for sending in accepted papers: 15 July 2014
Evaluation of papers: July - August 2014
Revised versions of the articles: 15 October 2014

Guest editor: Meta Lah, Department for Romance Studies and Literatures, Faculty of Arts, University in Ljubljana, Slovenia