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New Trends and Methodologies in Applied English Language Research II

Studies in Language Variation, Meaning and Learning

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Edited By David Tizón Couto, Beatriz Tizon-Couto, Iria Pastor-Gomez and Maurizio Gotti

This volume has its origin in a selection of the papers presented at the Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2), held at the University of Vigo in October 2009 and designed and organised by postgraduate students belonging to the English Departments of the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela. The purpose of the conference was to allow young professional researchers to share and survey their current views on linguistic research. Four of the ten chapters included address the diachronic change undergone by particular lexical items, namely the morphosemantic change illustrated by the development of the morpheme punk, the historical evolution of including and included, the origin and semantics of the expletive form adsheartlikins, and the structure and distribution of nominalisations referring to actions or processes. Variation is also approached from a diatopic perspective in the study of expressions of obligation and necessity ( must and have to) in New Englishes, the distribution and functions of the discourse marker eh in Channel Island English, and regional variability of vowel phonology in Scottish Standard English. Lastly, three studies address semantics and culture in the field of L2 learning. These contributions focus on the assessment of Lexical Frequency Profile applications in the analysis of Romanian learner English, the role of cultural knowledge in the learning process of English as an International Language, and L1 typicality effects in L2 vocabulary learning.

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DAVID TIZÓN-COUTO / BEATRIZ TIZÓN-COUTO Variation, Meaning and Learning: New Studies in English Linguistics within ‘The Circle’ This volume has its origin in a selection of the papers presented at the Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Lin- guistics (ELC2), held at the University of Vigo in October 2009. As happened with the pioneer ELC1 (held in Santiago de Compostela in May 2008), the ELC2 conference was designed and organised by postgraduate students belonging to the English Departments of the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, with the priceless help of the senior members of the English Linguistics Circle. The ELC is a research network involving the following four research groups based at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo, in Galicia (Northwestern Spain): Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalisation (VLCG, University of Santiago de Compostela), Spoken English Research Team at the University of Santiago de Com- postela (SPERTUS, University of Santiago de Compostela), Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC, University of Vigo), and Methods and Materials for the Teaching and Acquisition of For- eign Languages (MMTAFL, University of Vigo). The purpose of the conference was, as in the case of the preceding ELC1, to allow young professional researchers to share and survey their current views on linguistic research and to come into contact with an extraordinary panel of plenary speakers that featured María José López-Couso (Uni- versity of Santiago de Compostela), Terence Odlin (Ohio State Uni- versity) and Geoff Thompson (University of Liverpool)...

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