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· DailyCues.com: DailyCues is a website for those who use cued languages. It is intended to provide supplementary information as well as online, interactive activities and quizzes for standardized test preparation. Such topics include: speech production, linguistics, phonology, phonetics, and transcription.
· English Language Teaching and Linguistics Blog: ELT and Linguistics Blog is a place where we do our homeworks on ESL, EFL, ELT and Linguistics.
· Exercises in 70 languages: This page contains a list of topics about languages including dictionaries, translation, language acquisition, phonetics with audio files and much more in most of the popular languages, from Afrikaans to Zulu.
· I-language Companion Website: This companion site for the book 'I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science' (Isac and Reiss 2007, OUP, http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=35459) contains a number of resources that can be used alone or in conjunction with the book: a demonstration of the phonetics and featural composition of Turkish vowels - can be used to teach natural class logic; pdf files and LaTeX code for datasets on syntax, semantics, morphology and phonology; recordings of a sentence illustrating t/flap/gottal stop pronunciation in various dialects; exercises with solutions; links to sites with optical and auditory illusions; etc.
· IPA CHARTS in Flash Animation: Also available at http://www.yorku.ca/earmstro/ipa/ These new charts demonstrate the FULL IPA with sound, names for all the symbols and more. A highly useful tool, with a simple interface. Works best with a fast (broadband) connection.
· IPA Trainer: I have, as part of a course I did at the University of Tromsø, programmed the first version of a tool I call IPA Trainer. It is a tool supposed to help students learn the IPA characters. I believe and have experienced that it is very helpful. Any lecturer can register, and then customise an IPA consonants chart containing only the IPA characters that are relevant to his/her students and in the order he/she teaches them. A link can then be distributed to the students, and they can go practice these characters. I believe you will also find this interesting, and I would be happy if you would add a link to it on your site. Any feedback/bugs are also very welcome. The system is in English. The system can be found at: http://www.ipatrainer.com An introduction page for lecturers can be found at: http://www.ipatrainer.com/user/site/index.php?pageID=for_lecturers A manual can be downloaded from: http://www.ipatrainer.com/data/pdf/manual_en.pdf I really hope the system can be of use! Rasmus
· John Pereira's EFL Japan: New EFL site for English teachers in Japan.
· Linguistic Field Work Photo Pool: The Linguistic Field Work Photo Group photo pool is now operational. Some photos have been posted, but more are needed. I hope that you will consider posting some of your pictures related to your field work. Flickr is the most popular of the photographic websites used to store and organize digital pictures. Flickr has not sent me ANY emails related to this project. I think you can participate without adding to the spam you receive.
· Linguistics Forum for Academic Discussion: This is the first forum site on the Web dedicated solely to linguistics.
· Linguistics in the Classroom: This blog contains short explanations and exercises which can be used in high school language classes. They illustrate how language is constructed, how meaning is made, and what role language plays in our lives. The blog's author, Ann Evans, teaches freshmen in college who are usually untutored in linguistic analysis and understanding, and the exercises an be used there as well.
· Omniglot: A guide to over 100 different alphabets, syllabaries and other writing systems.
· Rocket Languages: [Win-Mac] Interactive online language learning available in over 10 languages. From beginner to advanced levels.
· Spanish Language Resources - Games: Spanish language games for colors, weather and more from Pimsleur Approach.
· Study and Research in Linguistics: A forum in Linguistics from China.
· Translation Resources: A list of useful links, such as free online dictionaries, for translators.
· Translation Tips: All the information you need to get started in this lucrative and rewarding profession.
· Tree Builder: A brand new editor for syntactic trees.
· Typological tools for field linguistics: This website contains tools for use in field linguistics and language description. Most of the items on the website are questionnaires designed to assist in eliciting data in such a fashion that the data will be comparable across languages. The idea behind this website is that field linguistics should be typologically informed and that the results of field work should be of typological interest. The questionnaires and other tools presented here help the field linguist understand what questions might be of typological (and theoretical) interest and guide the linguist in both eliciting data and extracting information from naturalistic texts.
· Wordnet: WordNet. is an on-line lexical reference system whose design is inspired by current psycholinguistic theories of human lexical memory. English nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are organized into synonym sets, each representing one underlying lexical concept. Different relations link the synonym sets.