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Linguistics Resources

This guide is designed to help you with research in linguistics in the Library and beyond.

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Selected New Books about Linguistics (updated Nov 14, 2022)

Video Enhanced Observation for Language Teaching

Discussing digital technology in teaching and learning settings, Video Enhanced Observation for Language Teaching explains how it can be used to tag, analyze and evaluate talk and use it as the basis for reflection and professional development. Guiding readers through these processes, this book focusses on the Video Enhanced Observation (VEO) system. Beginning with a discussion of how it was designed and built by language teaching professionals, contributors use VEO to illustrate the advantages and opportunities of digital observation technologies for teachers, explaining its use and how it can be adapted it to their own professional practice. With detailed case studies tracing how teachers in many different settings have used this system for recording, evaluating and reflecting on lessons, this book provides clear research evidence of the development of many education professionals from around the world. Written by experts in applied linguistics, education and educational technology, Video Enhanced Observation for Language Teaching explains the principles and procedures involved with using digital observation technologies in teaching, enabling other professionals to integrate these technologies into their own environment and practice.

Linguistics for the Age of AI

A human-inspired, linguistically sophisticated model of language understanding for intelligent agent systems. One of the original goals of artificial intelligence research was to endow intelligent agents with human-level natural language capabilities. Recent AI research, however, has focused on applying statistical and machine learning approaches to big data rather than attempting to model what people do and how they do it. In this book, Marjorie McShane and Sergei Nirenburg return to the original goal of recreating human-level intelligence in a machine. They present a human-inspired, linguistically sophisticated model of language understanding for intelligent agent systems that emphasizes meaning--the deep, context-sensitive meaning that a person derives from spoken or written language.

The Invention of Multilingualism

Multilingualism is a meaningful and capacious idea about human meaning-making practice, one with a promising, tumultuous, and flawed present - and a future worth caring for in research and public life. In this book, David Gramling presents original new insights into the topical subject of multilingualism, describing its powerful social, economic and political discourses. On one hand, it is under acute pressure to bear the demands of new global supply-chains, profit margins, and supranational unions, and on the other it is under pressure to make way for what some consider to be better descriptors of linguistic practice, such as translanguaging. The book shows how multilingualism is usefully able to encompass complex, divergent, and sometimes opposing experiences and ideas, in a wide array of planetary contexts - fictitious and real, political and social, North and South, colonial and decolonial, individual and collective, oppressive and liberatory, embodied and prosthetic, present and past.

Measuring Native-Speaker Vocabulary Size

Estimating native-speaker vocabulary size is important for guiding interventions to support native-speaker vocabulary growth and for setting goals for learners of English as a foreign language. Unfortunately, the measurement of native-speaker vocabulary size has been one of the most methodologically contentious areas of research in applied linguistics, with estimates of adults' vocabulary size ranging from 12,000 words to well over 200,000 words. This book reviews over one hundred years of research, critically examining the methodological issues and findings at each age level from young children to adults, and suggesting solutions. It presents a model organising the factors involved in vocabulary growth and is rich in well-researched suggestions for supporting native-speaker vocabulary learning. It concludes with topics for further research. The research shows that we now have a more stable and coherent picture of what and how much vocabulary native-speakers know, and how this knowledge grows throughout their lives.

Teaching and Testing Second Language Pragmatics and Interaction

"Pragmatic ability is crucial for second language learners to communicate appropriately and effectively; however, pragmatics is underemphasized in language classrooms. This book remedies that situation by connecting theory, empirical research, and practical curricular suggestions on pragmatics for learners of different proficiency levels: It surveys the field comprehensively and, with useful tasks and activities, offers rich guidance for teaching and testing L2 pragmatics. Mainly referring to pragmatics of English and with relevant examples from multiple languages, it is an invaluable resource for practicing teachers, graduate students, and researchers in language pedagogy and assessment"--

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