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Contrastive study of the French and Chinese causative lexicon
This thesis aims to study the French and Chinese causative lexicon using contrastive and functional approaches. More precisely, it has a dual objective. First, it consists in examining the characteristics and function of causative morpho-syntactic means in French and in Chinese. Secondly, it aims to...
Empirical investigation of indexical externalism about “social-kind” terms
Discourse, language and speech in Sausure's courses in general linguistics and notes
International audience The article shows the polysemy of the term "speech" in Saussure works by putting this term in relation with those of "language" and "speech". The study relies only here on the publication of Saussure's courses by Bally and Sechehaye, on the notes published by R. Engler - mainl...
On khw-f alternations in Bangkok Thai and other Tai languages
Paper accessible at http://www.mksjournal.org/ International audience The paper presents a historical phonological explanation for the Bangkok Thai khw-f alternations as in faa A1 for Standard Thai khwaa A1 'right (side)'. While this phenomenon has attracted the attention of scholars in various ling...
Second-language learning and changes in the brain
International audience Presumably, second-language (L2) learning is mediated by changes in the brain. Little is known about what changes in the brain, how the brain changes, or when these changes occur during learning. Here, we illustrate by way of example how modern brain-based methods can be used...
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Introducing NT2Lex: A Machine-readable CEFR-graded Lexical Resource for Dutch as a Foreign Language
The recent years have seen the emergence of a number of corpus-based graded lexical resources, which include lexical entries graded along a particular learning or difficulty scale. We argue that these graded lexicons are a step towards rendering the inherent complexity of words more apparent – contr...
Corpus Linguistics and language teaching: How can teachers, students and other educational actors benefit from corpora?
This presentation will give an overview of the possible links between corpus linguistics and language teaching. It will take into account the perspective of different actors involved in language education, focusing on teachers and students, but also including language testers or publishers, for exam...
Reading elements for a perspective on the failure of an online and distance learning system for French language teaching and learning in an open university in East Africa
The decline of an online and distance learning program for French as a foreign language offered in an African open university is the starting point of this research, which is located in the fields of educational sciences and applied linguistics and dealing with learning cultures, self-training and l...
Peter Roach, Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Phonetics
As explained by series editor H.G. Widdowson in the preface, the purpose of the Oxford Introduction to Language Study “is not to supplant but to support the more academically oriented introductions to linguistics: to prepare the conceptual ground. They are based on the belief that it is an advantage...
The syntax and semantics of the progressive and the perfect
Italian Discourse Markers of Reformulation : Position and Meaning
This paper deals with the expression of discourse markers of reformulation (henceforth DMs of RF) in Italian and will consider how the position in which these markers occur affects their meaning. Broadly speaking, DMs of RF are a particular kind of discourse markers that allow the speaker to revisit...
Education specialists' professional writing : written under constraints
The topic of this research is education specialists’ professional writing. It is generally assumed that education specialists feel rather uncomfortable with professional writings although language whether, oral or written, IS the work. Moreover, since the early 2000’s, along with the changes implied...
Problems of adverbial placement in learner English and the British National Corpus
Incentives for publishing text corpora and multimedia documents: About a recent discussion on the Tibeto-Burman list
In-depth language documentation is clearly a priority duty for linguists of our generation. This is what will remain as our most important legacy. It is also a major driving force for real advances in linguistics, as multimedia digital databases open up a tremendous potential for testing linguistic...
Sobre álgebra y sintaxis
Matrix syntax is a formal model of syntactic relations in language. The resulting mathematical structure resembles some aspects of quantum mechanics. Matrix syntax allows us to describe a number of language phenomena that are otherwise very difficult to explain, such as linguistic chains, and is arg...
L2 Learners' and L2 Teachers' Stated L2 Beliefs
This study was an exploratory study, which was designed to explore a group of university students' statements of their L2 beliefs. In this study the learners were the students who were studying at a two-year technical university program to become technicians. The study took place at the IUT (Institu...
Juliane House. 2009. Translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press
The tone patterns of numeral-plus-classifier phrases in Yongning Na: a synchronic description and analysis
In Yongning Na, there exists a bewildering diversity of tone patterns on numeral-plus-classifier phrases. A systematic investigation brings out no less than nine sets of classifiers on the basis of their tonal behaviour in association with numerals. These phenomena are analyzed here as part of the i...
The Rite-of-Passage Structure in Medieval and Early Modern Visionary Accounts
The aim of this paper is to apply Arnold van Gennep’s and Victor Turner’s conceptual scheme of the rite of passage to medieval and early modern visions of the hereafter. Most of the visionary accounts (e.g., Drythelm’s Vision, Thurkill’s Vision, St. Patrick’s Purgatory) share a great deal of similar...
Presupposition and Implicitness in the Twentieth Century : from Logic to Linguistics
Automatic extraction of causal knowledge from natural language texts
This thesis studies the automatic recognition of implicit causal relations between clauses. Previous work, although more accurate than a random baseline, does not achieve sufficient accuracy for practical use. First we show, using annotation experiments, that recognising implicit causation is a subj...
Chapter A5 Persuasion in Court
Language plays an essential role both in creating law and in governing its implementation. Providing an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this subject, Language and Law:describes the different registers and genres that make up spoken and written legal language and how they develop over ti...
Neural evidence of the allophonic mode of speech perception in adults with dyslexia
International audience Objective: A growing body of evidence suggests that individuals with dyslexia perceive speech using allophonic rather than phonemic units and are thus sensitive to phonetic variations that are actually irrelevant in the ambient language. This study investigated speech percepti...
Template structure and vowel length in a Berber secret language (Tagnawt)
Linking Clauses and Actions in Social Interaction
"This volume concerns the ways in which verbal and non-verbal actions are combined and linked in a range of contexts in everyday conversation, in institutional contexts, and in written journalism. The volume includes an introduction which, besides presenting the content of the articles, discusses te...