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The Social Origins of Language

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Presents a new theoretical framework for the origins of human language and sets key issues in language evolution in their wider context within biological and cultural evolution


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Preposition Placement in English: A Usage-Based Approach

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Title: Messed up -- or is it,
Author: Kevin R King
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Institution: Arizona State University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Cognitive Science
Abstract: The study of metaphor and the study of second language acquisition have both developed into robust fields, but there is little research on what role metaphor comprehension plays in second language acquisition. In the present study, quantitative methods were used to provide data about the interaction between metaphorical thought and second language acquisition. Recordings of an ESL class were transcribed, and the transcripts were then coded for instances of metaphor and instances of miscomprehension. Simple calculations were performed to determine the ratios of misunderstood metaphors to metaphors, misunderstood metaphors to misunderstandings, and misunderstood metaphors by type (orientational, ontological, or metonymic). The conclusions draw implications for second language teaching and cognitive linguistics.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Venue: Texas Foreign Language Education Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Feb. 14-15, 2014


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