LINGUIST List 14.298

Wed Jan 29 2003

Books: Applied Linguistics: McShane

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  1. LINCOM.EUROPA, An Innovative Methodology for Learning Polish Inflection

Message 1: An Innovative Methodology for Learning Polish Inflection

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2003 12:29:18 +0000
Subject: An Innovative Methodology for Learning Polish Inflection

Title: An Innovative Methodology for Learning Polish Inflection
Series Title: LINCOM Language Coursebooks 11
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom Europa
Availability: Available
Author: Marjorie J. McShane, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Hardback: ISBN: 389586448X, Pages: 130pp., Price: USD 35 / EUR 35/ GBP
Comment: Course disounts available!
This book introduces an innovative, practically oriented methodology
for describing the inflectional patterns of Polish nouns, adjectives
and adverbs. It then employs this methodology for describing the full
inventory of inflectional paradigms for the selected parts of speech,
and richly supplements each paradigm with illustrative examples. This
book takes up where typical descriptive grammars leave off,
supplementing their valid but often difficult to apply rules with a
more direct, less abstract presentation of the material. Formally, the
book is divided into two parts. Part I provides background about the
morphology of Polish, as well as introducing and motivating the
methodology of description. Part II instantiates that methodology,
presenting the inflectional paradigms and lists of sample members in
the general style of a reference manual. One aim of the work is to
demystify the difficult, often idiosyncratic aspects of Polish
inflection by stating plainly what factors affect the choice of
inflectional endings for every class of word. Another aim is to
provide students and teachers with sufficient practice material to
drill each pattern to the point where producing correct word forms
becomes automatic.

The author, Marjorie McShane, received her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages
and Literatures from Princeton University and currently works as a
computational linguist at the University of Maryland Baltimore
County. This book developed from work on a natural language processing
project carried out between 1998 and 2001 at the Computing Research
Laboratory of New Mexico State University. Apart from computational
and practical morphology, Dr. McShane's research interests include
ellipsis and reference (theoretically, descriptively and
computationally), machine translation, knowledge elicitation,
ontological semantic text processing, and Slavic morphosyntax.
Lingfield(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Polish (Language Code: PQL)

Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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