Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Evidence from Neurology and from First Language Acquisition

Timothy Mason Chomsky – the evidence I   Resumé In this lecture we look at the evidence from neurology and the study of language disorders (aphasias) to see whether there is any evidence for localization of language skills within the … Continue reading

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LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

Steven PinkerMassachusetts Institute of Technology Chapter to appear in L. R. Gleitman, M. Liberman, and D. N. Osherson (Eds.),An Invitation to Cognitive Science, 2nd Ed. Volume 1: Language. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.NONFINAL VERSION: PLEASE DO NOTE QUOTE. Preparation of the … Continue reading

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FIRST LANGUAGE ACQUISITION

First Language Acquisition       How children so quickly and as if by magic acquire language has interested people for thousands of years.        Psammeticus, an Egyptian Pharoah during the 7th century BC, believed language was inborn and that children isolated from birth … Continue reading

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THE AUDIOLINGUAL METHOD

In 1942, The entry of the United States into World War II, to supply the U.S government with personnel who were fluent in German, French, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, and other languages and could work as interpreners, code-room assistants, and … Continue reading

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THE MEANING OF A WORD

THE MEANING OF A WORD   Criterial and excluded traits can be diagnosed by means of entailment relations, between sentences: for instance, “animal” is a criteria trait of dog because It’ a dog entails It’s an animal; “fish” is an … Continue reading

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT

CHAPTER III FROM SYLLABUS DESIGN TO CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT   The Quest for New Methods The teaching of English as a second language or foreign language became an increasingly important activity after World War II. The role of English as a … Continue reading

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