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Review Of: Conversational Strategies In Akan: Prosodic Features And Discourse Categories, Edward J. Vajda Dec 2001

Review Of: Conversational Strategies In Akan: Prosodic Features And Discourse Categories, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

The existing literature on conversation analysis (CA) has largely ignored the prosodic features that characterize spontaneous dialog, focusing instead on 'spoken prose, "invented" discourse, or written text'. This study is valuable both for the typological perspective its subject language brings to the study of CA, as well as for its innovative examination of a maximally wide range of prosodic features used in natural conversation-features that have all too often been ignored even in more intensively studied languages.


Review Of: Gramática Para La Composición, Joan M. Hoffman Dec 2001

Review Of: Gramática Para La Composición, Joan M. Hoffman

Modern & Classical Languages

Gramdtica para la composicidn reflects the understanding that written communication is more than a final product to be completed and forgotten. It is, instead, a process involving prewriting, composition and revision that must have a sound basis in grammatical knowledge and practice. The text is meant for students progressing from the intermediate to the advanced ACTFL proficiency levels in Spanish.


Review Of: Handbook Of Amazonian Languages, Edward J. Vajda Jun 2001

Review Of: Handbook Of Amazonian Languages, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

Building upon the best tradition of missionary-inspired descriptive linguistic work fostered in connection with Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) activities, editors Desmond Derbyshire and Geoffrey Pullum launched HAL during the mid1980s as a means of attracting scholarly attention to one of the world's most persistently ignored linguistic areas. With the appearance of Vol. 4, HAL coverage of the Amazon now increases to three typological studies, four historical-comparative analyses, and ten grammatical descriptions of languages belonging to eight different genetic groupings. Unfortunately, this tally barely begins to approach exhaustive coverage of the region, since the rain forests of South America ...


Review Of: Handbook Of Amazonian Languages, Edward J. Vajda Mar 2001

Review Of: Handbook Of Amazonian Languages, Edward J. Vajda

Modern & Classical Languages

This thick book is the first supplement to the Handbook of Amazonian languages (henceforward, HAL) to appear in nearly a decade. Building upon the best tradition of missionary-inspired descriptive linguistic work fostered in connection with Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) activities, editors Desmond Derbyshire and Geoffrey Pullum launched HAL during the mid1980s as a means of attracting scholarly attention to one of the world's most persistently ignored linguistic areas. With the appearance of Vol. 4, HAL coverage of the Amazon now increases to three typological studies, four historical-comparative analyses, and ten grammatical descriptions of languages belonging to eight different ...