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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

By: Ernst Jahr

Provides richly detailed insight into the uniqueness of the Norwegian language development. Marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of the Norwegian nation following centuries of Danish rule


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Acquiring Phonology: A Cross-Generational Case-Study

By Neil Smith

The study also highlights the constructs of current linguistic theory, arguing for distinctive features and the notion 'onset' and against some of the claims of Optimality Theory and Usage-based accounts.


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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

By Henk Zeevat

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Academic Paper


Title: 'Affordances for second language learning in World of Warcraft'
Author: PaulS.Rama
Institution: 'University of California'
Author: RebeccaW.Black
Institution: 'University of California'
Author: ElizabethVan Es
Institution: 'University of California'
Author: MarkWarschauer
Email: click here to access email
Homepage: 'http://www.gse.uci.edu/markw'
Institution: 'University of California'
Linguistic Field: 'Applied Linguistics; Language Acquisition'
Subject Language: 'Spanish'
Abstract: What are the affordances of online gaming environments for second language learning and socialization? To answer this question, this qualitative study examines two college-age Spanish learners’ experiences participating in the Spanish language version of the massively multi-player online game World of Warcraft. Using data culled from participant observation, interviews, logs of in-game chat, and student journal entries, we describe how the design of the game, cultural norms for its use, and participants’ own abilities interact to afford distinct opportunities for language learning for these two students. Discussion focuses on how online games might be used for language teaching and learning in ways that take full advantage of the medium's affordances for both experienced and inexperienced players.

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This article appears in ReCALL Vol. 24, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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