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New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III

Synchronic and diachronic studies on discourse, lexis and grammar processing

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Sofia Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo

This volume includes eleven papers pertaining to different areas of linguistics and organised into three sections. Part I contains diachronic studies which cover data from Middle English to Present-Day English and which explore phenomena such as the status of extender tags, the distribution of free adjuncts, post-auxiliary ellipsis, and the use of ‘ephemeral’ concessive adverbial subordinators. Part II comprises studies on grammar and language processing dealing with topics such as the interaction between syntactic and structural complexity and verbal agreement with collective subjects, the influence of distributivity and concreteness on verbal agreement, the interaction of complexity and efficiency in pronoun omission in Indian English and Singapore English, and the methods and approaches used for grammar teaching in modern EFL/ESL textbooks. Finally, Part III revolves around lexis, discourse and pragmatics, with papers that discuss the development of the discoursal representation of social actors in Argentinian newspapers after the military dictatorship, the construction of women’s gender identity through positive and negative emotions in women’s magazines, and spelling-to-sound correspondence on Twitter.

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Introduction (Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois and Yolanda Fernández-Pena)

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SOFÍA BEMPOSTA-RIVAS, CARLA BOUZADA-JABOIS AND YOLANDA FERNÁNDEZ-PENA

Introduction

This volume comprises a selection of the papers presented at the Fourth ELC International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4) hosted by the LVTC Research Group at the University of Vigo, 04-06 February 2015. The ELC International Postgraduate Conference dates back to 2008 when the English Linguistics Circle Research Network organised the ELC1 at the University of Santiago de Compostela, followed by a second edition in 2009 at the University of Vigo (ELC2) and a third one (ELC3) in 2012 at the University of Santiago de Compostela again. Following the directions of the previous conferences, ELC4 was intended as an informal and intellectually stimulating setting where postgraduate students were given the opportunity to present and discuss their research. The ELC4 conference was organised by postgraduate students from the five research groups comprising the ELC network and based at the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela: Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC, University of Vigo), Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammatical­ization (VLCG, University of Santiago de Compostela), Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Compostela (SPERTUS, University of Santiago de Compostela), Cognitive Processes and Behaviour (PCC, University of Santiago de Compostela), and Methods and Materials for the Teaching and Acquisition of Foreign Languages (MMTAFL, University of Vigo). The ELC4 conference would not have been possible but for the invaluable help of senior members of these groups, especially for...

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