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Communication Accommodation Theory

Edited by Howard Giles

Most people modify their ways of speaking, writing, texting, and e-mailing, and so on, according to the people with whom they are communicating. This fascinating book asks why we 'accommodate' to others in this way, and explores the various social consequences arising from it.


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Query:   corpus studies, elementary and high school texts
Author:  Stacia Levy
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Applied Linguistics

Summary:   GREETINGS.

ABOUT A MONTH AGO I POSTED TO THE LIST ABOUT MY CURRENT RESEARCH INTEREST, CORPUS RESEARCH OF THE ACADEMIC LANGUAGE OF K-12 TEXTBOOKS. THE PROBLEM AS I SEE IT IS OFTEN K-12 TEACHERS ARE TOLD TO TEACH ''ACADEMIC LANGUAGE'' WITHOUT ANY SPECIFICS ON WHAT THAT ACTUALLY IS.
UTE ROMER OF UNIVERSITY OF HANOVER KINDLY RESPONDED BY SENDING A COUPLE OF ARTICLES ON CORPUS RESARCH BEING DONE IN GERMANY, COMPARING THE LANGUAGE USED IN A SMALL CORPUSS OF GERMAN EFL TEXTS AND WITH THE BRITISH NATIONAL CORPUS. ITEMS STUDIED WERE ''IF CLAUSES'' AND PRESENT PARTICIPLE FORMS: THEIR CONTEXTS, USES, AND FORMS. DISCREPANCIES WERE FOUND BETWEEN ''SCHOOL'' ENGLISH AND AUTHENTIC ENGLISH. (A MEMORABLE EXAMPLE OF AN IF-CLAUSE FROM AN EFL TEXTBOOK: ''IF YOU EAT YOUR HAT, YOU'LL BE ILL.'') METHODS FOR COMPILING A SMALL CORPUS AND PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR IMPROVING TEACHING MATERIALS WERE
COVERED. THANK YOU, UTE.

LL Issue: 15.1259
Date Posted: 16-Apr-2004
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