grammar & lexis (gle)
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Discussion about the use of "OK".
In this branch of the "Losing one's mother tongue" discussion, a comment about Chomsky reignites the issue of pedagogy vs. linguistics as it relates to our studies and work. Just what is the point of studying Halliday's Systematic Functional Grammar (SFG) anyway?
Debate about Chomsky and his views about corpus linguistics (CL). Includes commentary from tutor Ramesh Krishnamurthy.
A snippet from an interesting article called "Aphasia in bilinguals: how atypical is it?" (Paradis 1988) that has special relevance to the Chomsky vs. Halliday debate. In addition, links to two Guardian articles about innate grammar.
An account of using concordances to raise grammar awareness with college students in Japan. Links to concordance websites are also given.
A discussion about an instance of word formation on the FCE exam. Why is the correct answer "survival" and not "surviving"?
What are "frames of reference?"
Two CPs chat and offer feedback about their ideas for GE assignments.
A simple piece of advice for completing the GE* assignment. (*GE has now been incorporated into the GLE module)
What is the best order in which to do these modules?
An intensely technical discussion on various issues regarding grammar analysis. Topics covered include use of analytical tools, hypotaxis vs. rankshift, dependent/embedded clauses, and prepositions.
An intense, highly technical conversation about various grammar research interests, such as the development of a homegrown grammatical taxonomy of N1+of+N2 phrases. Includes links to several relevant books.
Can the concepts learned in the GE module be applied to the classroom? Several CPs offer their experiences and thoughts about this subject.
A detailed discussion and analysis of idiomatic phrases such as "cut and dry" vs. "cut and dried."
Discussion on this topic and the controversial works of author Stephen Pinker.
Shouldn't the verb agree with the original subject and not the subject of the defining relative clause? Includes a full SFPCA analysis of the target sentence by tutor Sue Garton.
Commentary on a LEX assignment (former "Lexical Studies" module) idea about the differences and similarities between the words "bias" & "prejudice," and the extent to which synonyms help students acquire words.
Discussion and analysis of this phrase.
It's ok to say "the education system," but not "the education purpose." Do speakers of non-romance languages often make this kind of mistake? A discussion about inappropriate use of nouns as premodifiers.
Responses to a questionnaire by tutor Ramesh Krishnamurthy on the teaching and use of metaphors.
Two CPs have a knock-down, drag 'em out GLE debate regarding their interpretations over referential & systemic words.
What is the difference between reduced relatives and post modifying clauses?
How can this sentence be analyzed using a process approach?
Discussion regarding Sinclair's "Corpus, Concordance, Collocation," including his "radically different" lexical classification and "Idiom Principle."
Thoughts on why native speakers use one form of tag questions over another.
While reading Michael Lewis' book, "Implementing the Lexical Approach," a CP relates a classroom incident that iluminates aspects of Lewis' writing.
Comments from one CP about the presence and meaning of third person generic pronouns from a sample of corpus data.
In this series of personal, off-DL messages, a CP gives her thoughts on a number of issues pertaining to the LEX module (*the previous name for the GLE module).
What exactly is "unstable lexis," and what implications does its definition have for sample/sourcing criteria when compiling a corpus of 'general English'?
Definitions for vague linguistic terms such as anaphora, deixis, and indexicality.
Links and recommendations for various online corpora tools of written and spoken British & American English.
Advice and resources from tutor Ramesh Krishnamurthy regarding aviation English.
A vast and comprehensive collection of websites and book references, along with some comments about how to use collocations in the classroom.
A link to the "Concordancer Pro 1.0" website, a free concordancer for Mac OS X. Includes screen shots.
A link to the Internet Grammar of English, "an online course in English grammar written primarily for university undergraduates."
References to a special edition of TESOL Quarterly featuring lexical studies, in particular through corpus analysis.
Links to and discussion about the merits of various online dictionaries.
Here's a link to a free, online spoken corpus from the University of Michigan.
A link to a powerful search engine for the entire BNC site that makes it easier for anyone searching for particular POS patterns.
A link "Concordance," a program capable of checking text for word frequencies, among other things.
A summary of Parry 1996: "Vocabulary & comprehension; Two portraits," an article that looks at the comprehension of an academic text by two non-native speakers.
A link to the latest version of the Collins Sampler website, including advice from tutor Ramesh Krishnamurthy about what to do if no concordances appear.
An introduction to "Wordclassifier," a shareware program that gives you a level-based vocabulary output. In addition, a link to "The Complete Lexical Tutor" website is provided.
Advice for using this concordance software. Includes links to helpful websites.