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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: The Role of Grammar Teaching in Writing in Second Language Acquisition
Author: Li Li Lin
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Institution: Alliant International University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: Chinese, Mandarin
Abstract: "Grammar is the sound, structure, and meaning system of language. All language have grammar, and each language has it own grammar" (Beverly, 2007, p. 1). People who speak the same language are able to communicate with each other because they all know the grammar system and structure of that language, that is, the meaningful rules of grammar. This paper will review literature related to the role of grammar teaching in writing in second language acquisition, which contains a) the role of grammar, b) current educational problems in Taiwan, c) the limitations of grammar in writing improvement, d) teachers' perspectives toward grammar teaching in Taiwan, and e) students' perspectives toward grammar teaching in Taiwan.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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