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LINGUIST List 18.29

Tue Jan 09 2007

Diss: Applied Ling/Cognitive Science: Uberman: 'Applied-Linguistic ...'

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Message 1: Applied-Linguistic Modelling of the Lexicon of the English Language
Date: 05-Jan-2007
From: Agnieszka Uberman <ag.ubermanwp.pl>
Subject: Applied-Linguistic Modelling of the Lexicon of the English Language


Institution: University of Rzeszów
Program: Applied-linguistic modelling of the lexicon; EFL
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2004

Author: Agnieszka Uberman

Dissertation Title: Applied-Linguistic Modelling of the Lexicon of the English Language

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Cognitive Science
                            Lexicography
                            Semantics

Dissertation Director:
Igor Burkhanov

Dissertation Abstract:

The main purpose of the research project is to specify the notion of
applied-linguistic modelling of the lexicon and to provide sufficient
exemplification of the suggested approach.

The dissertation outlines the notion of applied-linguistic description and
discusses the structure of the lexicon as specified in theoretical
linguistics. Various word groupings and combinations are discussed and
described with regard to the linguistic properties of this subsystem of
language.

The research project presents exemplary frame descriptions developed within
the applied-linguistic framework. These are descriptions of two conceptual
frameworks, namely the frame of sewing and the frame of crying. They are
primarily concerned with the specification of an extensive network of
elements comprising the frames, as well as the possible steps included in
the scripts of respective activities. English lexical items denoting the
elements of the two frames at issue are compared to their Polish
equivalents, and various semantic discrepancies between them are addressed
instantly. Specifications of culturally-significant frame elements
underlying lexical meanings are also highlighted. Additionally, various
metaphorical extensions of particular frame elements are pointed out and
compared, whenever possible, to the Polish language in search of adequate
counterparts or parallels.

The dissertation also presents examples of applications of the
aforementioned frame descriptions within the disciplines of teaching
English as a foreign language as well as pedagogical lexicography. It
exemplifies the activities that could be implemented in a foreign language
classroom to acquaint the students with a lexical set and practise the use
of its elements as well as presents exemplary entries for learner-oriented
dictionaries that can be designed within the framework of pedagogical
lexicography.

Finally, research results are summerised and further developments are
highlighted.



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