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New Trends and Methodologies in Applied English Language Research II

Studies in Language Variation, Meaning and Learning


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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Notes on Contributors MADALINA CHITEZ holds a degree in foreign languages (English and French) from Transilvania University of Brasov, Romania, in 2000. From 2000 to 2004 she taught English at Dr. I. Mesota National Col- lege, Brasov. In 2006 she obtained an MA in European Linguistics from the University Albert-Ludwig of Freiburg. Madalina has carried out research abroad at the University of Siena in 2006 and the Univer- sity of Oxford in 2008. In 2010 she completed her doctorate (speciali- zation corpus linguistics and learner corpora) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Mair at the University Albert-Ludwig of Frei- burg. From 2009 to 2010 she worked as a research assistant at the English Department of the University of Zürich. Madalina is currently working as a researcher at the Applied Linguistics Department of the Zürich University of Applied Sciences. GABRIELA DIACONU is a PhD student in English linguistics at Albert- Ludwig University in Freiburg. Her research interests include modali- ty, corpus linguistics and grammaticalisation, with a special focus on corpus-based approaches on language variation and ongoing change in the use of modal obligation/necessity in varieties of English. She is also one of the co-authors of Theories and Methods in Linguistics, which is soon to appear in the series Wörterbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft. KAREN JACOB was awarded a degree in English Philology (with dis- tinction) at the University of the Balearic Islands in 2006. She is cur- rently working on a PhD in Language and...

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