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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.

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Title: Approaching Language Transfer through Text Classification
Subtitle: Explorations in the Detection-based Approach
Edited By: Scott H. Jarvis
Scott A. Crossley
Series Title: Second Language Acquisition

Recent work has pointed to the need for a detection-based approach to transfer
capable of discovering elusive crosslinguistic effects through the use of human
judges and computer classifiers that can learn to predict learners’ language
backgrounds based on their patterns of language use. This book addresses that
need. It details the nature of the detection-based approach, discusses how this
approach fits into the overall scope of transfer research, and discusses the few
previous studies that have laid the groundwork for this approach. The core of
the book consists of five empirical studies that use computer classifiers to
detect the native-language affiliations of texts written by foreign language
learners of English. The results highlight combinations of language features that
are the most reliable predictors of learners’ language backgrounds.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: Multilingual Matters
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781847696984
Pages: 200
Prices: U.S. $ 159.95
U.K. £ 99.95

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781847696977
Pages: 200
Prices: U.K. £ 29.95
U.S. $ 49.95