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Language in Research and Teaching

Proceedings from the CALS Conference 2016

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

This book aims at bridging language research and language teaching and contains four sections. It opens with two papers which relate language to literature: one exploring childlike language, the second investigating the distinction between literary and non-literary text categorization principles. Next are the papers on multicultural and sociolinguistic topics, including a paper on English as an international language, and two papers on the perception of bilingualism in education. The third thematic section explores semantics, with two papers on prefixes and one on metaphor. The final thematic section is dedicated to syntax, with one paper on complex predicates, one on syntactic complexity in spontaneous spoken language and one of Croatian null and overt subject pronouns.

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Preface (Marija Brala-Vukanović / Anita Memišević)

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Marija Brala-Vukanović & Anita Memišević

Preface

The Croatian Applied Linguistics Society (CALS) has been bringing together researchers, teachers, translators and other members who have been trying to understand the essence of human language. Three decades ago, the Society began to organise scholarly meetings where CALS members gathered to present their research, their conclusions, but also their queries, and to discuss these in an academic environment. The title of the first CALS conference proceedings dating back to 1987 was ‘Language varieties and language teaching’. The 2016 CALS conference – of which we are proud to introduce the Proceedings – addressed similar topics. One of the motives behind the idea to organize a conference on similar topics had been to see just how much has the perspective on the issues under scrutiny changed in three decades. Indeed, the technological development of recent years has considerably impacted the possibilities of the fast and global circulation of information, thus opening new communicative opportunities and needs. In turn, this has given rise to a number of questions related to language research and language teaching, such as a) How much has all the above impacted our attitude toward language? b) How much of the traditional approach remains? c) What are the new directions in which communicative strategies are developing? d) To what extent have new technologies helped translation? e) How have language teaching and language research been developing in the past decades?

These, and related issues, have been...

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