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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Zur Wirkung von Bedeutungserklaerungsverfahren auf Verstehen und Behalten
Author: Gert Henrici
Author: Ekkehard Zöfgen
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Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: The article describes the results of an empirical project dealing with the effects of explanations of meaning on the comprehension and retention of foreign language students. The two test runs are described with German as a Foreign Language, English and French as the relevant languages. In each run, one group for each language was confronted with contextual (explanations) and another with non-contextual explanations (synonyms). Both the varying results in the areas of comprehension and retention as well as the methodological aspects such as the change in design from run one to run two are presented. As far as methodological queries are concerned the research makes use of retrospective procedures in order to gain insight into learner-internal data.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Zeitschrift fuer Fremdsprachenforschung 2 (1991), 30-65


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