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Journal Title: Studies in Second Language Acquisition
Volume/Issue:   27/3
Date: September 2005
Table of Contents: Incidental focus on form and second language learning
by Shawn Loewen
pp 361-386

Effects of acoustic variability on second language vocabulary
by Joe Barcroft, Mitchell S. Sommers
pp 387-414

Reactivity and type of verbal report in SLA research methodology
by Melissa A Bowles, Ronald P. Leow
pp 415-440

Review Article
reviewed by Albert Valdman
pp 441-463

Semantics (2nd ed.)
reviewed by Roger Blench
pp 465-466

Teaching and learning by doing corpus analysis
reviewed by John M. Swales
pp 466-467

Grammar and vocabulary: a resource book for students
reviewed by Christine Holten
pp 468-469

An introduction to English Phonology
reviewed by Jenifer Larson-Hall
pp 469-470

Applied Linguistics
reviewed by Barbara A. Lafford
pp 470-472

An introduction to pragmatics: social action for language
reviewed by Janet M. Fuller
pp 472-473

Aspects of the Syntax, The Pragmatics, and the Production of Code-Switching
reviewed by Jan Bernsten
pp 474-475

Extending the Scope of Corpus-based research: new applications, new challenges
reviewed by James K. Jones
pp 475-476

Discourse Intonation in L2: from theory and research to practice
reviewed by Debra M Hardison
pp 476-477

Noun Combination in Interlanguage: Typology effects in complex determiner phrases
reviewed by Lisa Kristine DeWaard
pp 478-479

Accents and speech in teaching English phonetics and phonology
reviewed by Roy C. Major
pp 479-481

An introduction to Applied Linguistics
reviewed by Piotr Stalmaszczyk
pp 481-482

The handbook of Historical Linguistics
reviewed by Grover M. Hudson
pp 482-484

An introduction to Contact Linguistics
reviewed by Elizabeth Grace Winkler
pp 484-485

English language learning and technology:lectures onf applied linguistics in the age of information and communication technology
reviewed by Shannon Sauro
pp 486-487

An integrated view of language development: papers in honor of Henning Wode
reviewed by Kendall A. King
pp 487-488

Situation-bound utterances in L1 and L2
reviewed by Margaret A. DuFon
pp 488-490

Linguisstics: A very short introduction
reviewed by Cheryl Eason
pp 490-491

The handbook of Applied Linguistics
reviewed by Barbara A. Lafford
pp 491-492

Modern language across the curriculum
by H. Douglas Adamson
pp 493-493

Second language speech perception and production:acquisition of phonological constraints in Japanese
by Dennie Hoopingarner
pp 494-494

Publications Received
by Albert Valdman
pp 495-501

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Japanese
LL Issue: 16.2431