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Applying Language Science to Language Pedagogy: Contributions of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics to Second Language Teaching
Applying Language Science to Language Pedagogy: Contributions of Linguistics and Psycholinguistics to Second Language Teaching
by Montserrat Sanz
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 42.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Language science meets pedagogy: the final frontier!, 26 Feb 2014
This book - the fruit of a 2010 conference - aims to break down the barriers that separate language pedagogy from modern linguistics. Key areas are presented in a style that is readable to graduates in modern languages and linguistics. Students of linguistics will find the chapters that overview key areas such as the Lexicon highly useful, too.

This book feels like one of those foundational texts which leads to greater things; it will undoubtedly be quoted by the professional literature in years to come. Language pedagogy can really hope to tease out its scientific foundations - because those foundations are coming to light.

This book contains a major contribution from Professor Thomas G. Bever (the man who gave us "Garden Path Sentences") entitled "Lessons from Psycholinguistics for Second Language Learning" which announces a major contribution to the acceleration of language learning through his linguistic research findings and his technological breakthrough to enhance reading. I went from this chapter in the book to the Internet and discovered the online software "Live Ink" which applies some of the findings of Professor Bever's research ; English language teachers can apply this research finding in the classroom in a matter of minutes; I found that reading Bever's article in this book was an important step in understanding why "Live Ink" is such a find...
This research from the Science of Linguistics is accelerating ELT language learning in the classroom today for those lucky enough to discover it!

This book is divided into three sections:
Part 1 is Syntax & processing and its relation to language teaching;
Part 2 is structure & processing of the Lexicon;
Part 3 is concerned with Classroom Learning & linguistic landscapes.

Readers of other collections of conference papers will be aware that books of this nature do NOT pretend to be exhaustive, narrative introductions or dumped-down manuals for beginner teacher courses. This book is no exception to that rule, and I suspect it will appeal mostly to language teachers who have completed a linguistics module during their degree, as well as researchers in the field of ELT and SLA. Having said that, the editors have done a marvelous job in providing overviews that draw out the commonalities and relationships between the various papers, and teachers who are keen to know more about linguistics and enjoy theory-based books will find something here to get their teeth into!

WHY FIVE stars: because this book is an intellectual treat for linguistics-interested language teachers. Language teachers will not leave this book with ready to go language classes: it is not that kind of a book! But it will inspire reflective teachers interested in linguistics.

If you are a language teacher who has never encountered linguistics but is curious and loves theory, this is a stimulating way in. For a language teacher who is already versed in SLA theory & language pedagogy, and who has an interest in linguistics, this book is a little gem of a find - and you'll be following up the references... VERY Highly recommended, then, for "languists" interested in "linguistics" and the future of second language pedagogy. And language teachers have something to gain from Thomas Bever's contribution in this book, especially English language teachers who have a new software solution online (as mentioned above). In language pedagogy, the best is clearly yet to come.

The Evolution of Human Language: Biolinguistic Perspectives (Approaches to the Evolution of Language)
The Evolution of Human Language: Biolinguistic Perspectives (Approaches to the Evolution of Language)
by Richard K. Larson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing overview of an academic field, 21 April 2013
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The world's leading scientists and academics in the field came together in 2005 to debate the core subjects.
This balanced collection of papers from all sides, written to be accessible at a graduate level, is an amazing treat for anyone who has already some background on the subject.
I write this to counter-balance the negative review below which simply makes me ask if we have read the same book?

Besides the leading intellectuals who have renewed the field by helping it to clearly explore what precisely "language" and "evolution" mean: Noam ChomskyThe Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray & Massimo PIATELLI-PALMARINIWhat Darwin Got Wrong, the balanced list of scholars includes:

W. Tecumseh FITCH - world expert in evolutionary biology and author of the monumental work: The Evolution of Language
Michael C. CORBALLIS - world expert in psychology & neuroscience and author of THE best general introduction to the human evolution field: The Recursive Mind: The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization: The Origins of Human Thought, Language, and Civilization
Derek BICKERTON - linguist perpetually grinding his anti-Chomsky axe. see his book 'Adam's Tongue' for a popular, gossipy demonstration. This collection will help you understand where he is coming from and how he fits into the picture.
Ian TATTERSALL - world expert in Anthropology and author of the highly readable: Masters of the Planet: The Search for Our Human Origins (Macmillan Science)

There's also Philip LIEBERMAN - the Cognitive scientist who started us all dreaming of talking Neanderthals in the 1970s: Toward an Evolutionary Biology of Language, Ray JACKENDOFF - who published that famous book with Pinker Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution, Marc D. Hauser - who has published many studies on animal communication, as well as Paul M.BINGHAM, Daniel DOR, Peter GÄRDENFORS, Eva JABLONKA, Gloria ORIGGI, Mathias OSVATH, Dan SPERBER, and Karin STROMSWOLD.

Reading through these papers provides a rich overview of the debate in this exciting and renewed multidisciplinary field of Biolinguistics. This field has united some of the greatest minds alive in the quest to answer the central questions of what it means to be human: What is language? Who has language? How did it evolve? Previous work on language evolution failed to define what language is (it is more than a tool for communication- see Chomsky), and failed to take into account the true nature of evolution (see Piatelli-Palmarini). If you are hooked on the subject (Michael CORBALLIS did it for me with his accessible 'overview as a narrative' in the book sited above!) then this accessible collection of academic papers is a real treat. If you are coming to the subject after reading Derek Bickerton's gripping, gossipy but axe-grinding 'Adam's Tongue' - you will find a broadening of the debate in this collection (to which he has contributed...)

In conclusion, this is a readable, stimulating, and expertly-assembled collection of accessibly-written academic papers which provide a state-of-the-art overview of the renewed field of study of the evolution of human language within the Biolinguistics programme. This is the first time I have ever picked up a collection of academic papers and read them cover to cover. Truely exciting stuff and a must-have for anyone interested in the search for answers to the central questions.

Blue Box Boy: A Memoir of Doctor Who in Four Episodes
Blue Box Boy: A Memoir of Doctor Who in Four Episodes
by Matthew Waterhouse
Edition: Paperback

15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Boy lost in the Blue Box., 18 Sep 2010
The central protagonist of the story is Waterhouse himself - the boy lost in the blue box. Matthew confirms what we all suspected - that he really WAS a Tom Baker fan who had wondered onto the set and looked lost. His occasional Bakerisms and Tom Baker style humour are those of an honest fan for whom Dr who was an important source of identification. No wonder he had trouble dealing with reality inside the blue box, and the deception that the great Tom Baker was not in reality the even greater Doctor Who - but just a very human mortal going through a tough time.

Nicely drawn, Waterhouse's description of rehearsals is gossipy, and his writing an easy read and difficult to put down style... Waterhouse himself allows us to see something of his immaturity and to experience at first hand certain episodes of his life relived in detail like the traumas they must have been. His own human qualities and failings are all laid bare.

One comes away from the book feeling slightly changed... The writer's disappointment with the absence of real magic in the blue box is palpable, and there is therapeutic value in the book - for reader and writer alike. When one considers the paltry fee he was paid for the episodes it is sickening. Did one of the production team pay the restaurant bill on his behalf - in the episode he recounts - perhaps, rather than the credit card just not working as he suspects... There might have been more compassion around him than he relates. Humanly, one would hope so.

This is an honest, surprising, gossipy stream of consciousness testament of a book. An easy read about a curiously cast artful Dodger of a young man who is in reality more of an Oliver Twist turned undergraduate around whom stories and the world happen in an occasionnally alarming, sometimes disappointing and often frighteningly incomprehensible way. Certainly worth a read for any fans of Who in the eighties, this book has the magical appeal of being geared to the hard-core fan of fandom - as it is written by one. And there's a very endearing aspect to the book - because Matthew holds a mirror up to the teenage fan of the eighties and lets his pen run wild. Recommended reading for adult fans of the classic 80's series.

Casualty 1900s [DVD]
Casualty 1900s [DVD]
Dvd ~ Cherie Lunghi
Price: 12.50

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Formidable !, 2 Jan 2010
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If, like me, you missed out on some of these fantastic authentic historical-educational-medical-romantic romps but really enjoyed the odd episode you tuned into, then this dvd is a real must! Be reasurred, ALL 10 episodes have the same quality of production standards as that little gem of an epiosde you caught on the hop. What's really nice is having a complete series in a shelf-freindly pack. It's the bbc showing off it's greatest asset - historical costume drama second to none. Nice to have some authentic historical interest running through the series. TV should have been the greatest educational tool ever - this series sits on the shelf with pride and is perfect for those stay-in evenings! There are no extras, which might disappoint some fans of certain actors, but there are subtitles and the picture quality of this box set is very high grade. Highly recommended.

Invisible Disc Plate Hangers 100mm
Invisible Disc Plate Hangers 100mm
Offered by Cutlers Home Store
Price: 2.65

48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How could you hang plates without them?, 20 Oct 2009
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These are an amazing British revolution. The old metal plate hangers damage the plates, spoil the effect of a plate on a wall, and worst of all, don't allow the plate to hang like a picture, ie, to have the top sticking out more than the bottom for a good view below. These little gems turn plates into regular pictures. You wet them, wait a while, then stick em on. Solid, it's as if they were screwed onto the plate. And yet, with warm water, they can be removed just as easily. The old metal hangers were hell to get onto and then to keep on hooks! Problem solved with a pack of nice rounded hooks and these little babies! I've replaced all my older metal hangers with these! It's so easily to hang. I like most being able to easily unhook the plates and swap them around for a change with NO worries. They're a real revolution and deserve to take over from metal hangers. I'm really glad I discovered these little gems on Amazon (haven't found them in the shops yet...) i haven't tried these on plates in the bathroom or kitchen, and even though the glue is solid, I would suggest these are only suitable for non-steamy rooms (living room, dining room, hall etc). Top Britsh product (and made in England too!)

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