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Language, Learning and Teaching

Irish Research Perspectives

Fiona Farr and Máiréad Moriarty

This book showcases recent work carried out by members of the Irish Association for Applied Linguistics (IRAAL). By focusing on the relationship between language and its users within the micro context of Ireland, the contributors generate insights which promise to open up future avenues for Applied Linguistics research, both in Ireland and beyond.
The collection addresses two main themes within the field of Applied Linguistics: language learning and teaching, and the study of language and its discourses in context. In order to ensure that the volume is relevant to as wide an audience as is possible, it is not theoretically focused; rather, each chapter deals with a specific real world issue in context. The book provides an account of language problems that have arisen given the increasingly multilingual nature of Ireland, examines the current status of the Irish language and explores the potential for new technologies to enhance language learning and teaching.

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List of Tables 5.1 English as an Additional Language Support in Ireland, 2007–2009. 119 5.2 Participants’ profile information. 122 6.1 Comparison of keyword listing and wordlist in CLAS-1. 153–154 7.1 Responses to the statement: ‘This person speaks with a standard accent’. 186–187 8.1 Top fifty most frequent words across corpora. 205–207 8.2 Verbs as indicators of ref lection. 211 8.3 Adjectives as indicators of ref lection. 214–215 List of Figures 4.1 Excerpts from Marysia. 103 4.2 Excerpt from Zosia. 105 6.1 Summary breakdown of CLAS recordings by year and content. 150 6.2 Concordance for suite meaning hotel bedroom from CLAS-1. 155 6.3 Concordance for suite meaning software programmes from CLAS-1. 156 6.4 Extract from recording CLAS.089.01 illustrating the shared repertoire (Wenger 1998) meaning of perishable and perishability in CLAS-1. 157 viii List of Tables and Figures 6.5 Distribution of subject pronouns in CLAS-1. 158 6.6 Extract from recording CLAS.007.07 illustrating the use of you and your personal pronouns in CLAS-1. 159 6.7 Extract from recording CLAS.092.01 illustrating the use of you and your personal pronouns in CLAS-1. 159 6.8 You need to and we need to collocating with infinitive verbs in CLAS-1. 161 6.9 Extract from recording CLAS.007.04 illustrating the use of ye and yer from CLAS-1. 161 8.1 I concordance. 208 8.2 Think* concordance. 212 8.3 Feel* concordance. 213 8.4 Try* concordance. 214

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