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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: Literacy and Second Language Oracy
Written By: Elaine Tarone
Martha Bigelow
Kit Hansen

The Oxford Applied Linguistics series is aimed at applied linguists,
lecturers, teacher trainers, students on advanced/postgraduate courses, and
practitioners interested in gaining a wider perspective on their work. It
provides up-to-date coverage of the latest research in applied linguistics,
together with discussion of psychological, sociological, and other
theoretical issues of relevance to the study of language in the real world.

Learners who cannot decode alphabetic script have been left out of the SLA
research enterprise, at considerable cost to our understanding of the human
capacity for language learning. This book offers research evidence
documenting the significant impact of low literacy skill on adolescents'
processing of oral L2 input and acquisition. Together with a large body of
closely related research in cognitive psychology, the findings lead to a
startling conclusion: language processing skills that have been assumed to
be universal human traits appear instead to be a product of learners'
experience with alphabetic print literacy.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 019442300X
ISBN-13: 9780194423007
Pages: 156
Prices: U.K. £ 26.00