Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction

Cultures / Languages

Klaus J. Kohler, “Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Volume 156)”
Alison L. Bailey, Carolyn A. Maher, “Language, Literacy, and Learning in the STEM Disciplines: How Language Counts for English Learners”
Young A Cho, In Jung Cho, “My Korean 1”
Nkemngong Nkengasong, “A Grammar of Cameroonian Pidgin”
Marcel Schlechtweg, “Memorization and the Compound-Phrase Distinction”

Klaus J. Kohler, “Communicative Functions and Linguistic Forms in Speech Interaction (Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Volume 156)”

2017 | ISBN-10: 1107170729 | 318 pages | PDF | 13 MB

Prosody is generally studied at a separate linguistic level from syntax and semantics. It analyses phonetic properties of utterances such as pitch and prominence, and orders them into phonological categories such as pitch accent, boundary tone, and metrical grid. The goal is to define distinctive formal differentiators of meanings in utterances. But what these meanings are is either excluded or a secondary concern. This book takes the opposite approach, asking what are the basic categories of meaning that speakers want to transmit to listeners? And what formal means do they use to achieve it? It places linguistic form in functions of speech communication, and takes into account all the formal exponents – sounds, words, syntax, prosodies – for specific functional coding. Basic communicative functions such as ‘questioning’ may be universally assumed, but their coding by linguistic bundles varies between languages. A comparison of function-form systems in English, German and Mandarin Chinese shows this formal diversity for universal functions.

Alison L. Bailey, Carolyn A. Maher, “Language, Literacy, and Learning in the STEM Disciplines: How Language Counts for English Learners”

2018 | ISBN-10: 1138284297, 1138284289 | 302 pages | PDF | 4 MB

With a focus on what mathematics and science educators need to know about academic language used in the STEM disciplines, this book critically synthesizes the current knowledge base on language challenges inherent to learning mathematics and science, with particular attention to the unique issues for English learners. These key questions are addressed: When and how do students develop mastery of the language registers unique to mathematics and to the sciences? How do teachers use assessment as evidence of student learning for both accountability and instructional purposes? Orienting each chapter with a research review and drawing out important Focus Points, chapter authors examine the obstacles to and latest ideas for improving STEM literacy, and discuss implications for future research and practice.

Young A Cho, In Jung Cho, “My Korean 1”

2016 | ISBN-10: 0995442002 | 470 pages | PDF | 23 MB

My Korean 1, 3rd Edition is an introduction to contemporary Korean, with special emphasis on spoken usage for everyday situations. It introduces learners to the Korean alphabet and everyday situations in Korean culture to help them acquire ‘survival’ Korean.
Key features include (1) authentic spoken Korean language examples; (2) authentic styles of speech appropriate to each situation; (3) situation dialogues presented in two modes: comics and text‐only mode; (4) grammar explanations in plain English; (5) many types of exercises; and (6) extra learning materials available online ).

Nkemngong Nkengasong, “A Grammar of Cameroonian Pidgin”

2016 | ISBN-10: 1443885991 | 175 pages | PDF | 2 MB

This volume represents a comprehensive description of the structure of Cameroonian Pidgin, including an overview of its socio-cultural context, writing system, sounds, word formation, word classes and sentence structures. It comprises a corpus of 540 Cameroonian Pidgin proverbs and a rich glossary of over 1000 words and expressions typical of Cameroonian Pidgin which are helpful in understanding the characteristic features of the language, as well as the cultural, the social, and the philosophical contexts of the Cameroonian Pidgin speaker. Written with the first-hand experience of a native speaker, it will be of interest to ordinary users, as well as students, researchers and professional linguists interested in the way the language functions. Indeed, it represents a useful resource for anyone wishing to learn or know about Pidgin, especially tourists and professionals traveling to West and Central Africa.

Marcel Schlechtweg, “Memorization and the Compound-Phrase Distinction”

2018 | ISBN-10: 3110568624 | 291 pages | PDF | 2 MB

The book investigates compounds and phrases from a structural, semantic-functional and, crucially, cognitive perspective. Maintaining the compound-phrase distinction, the author argues that compounds are by their nature more appropriate to be stored in the mental lexicon than phrases. The analysis focuses on compounds and phrases that are composed of either an adjective and a noun or two nouns in German, French and English.