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Language as Information

Proceedings from the CALS Conference 2012

Edited By Anita Peti-Stantic and Mateusz Milan Stanojevic

This volume contains twelve papers presented at the 26 th International Conference of the Croatian Applied Linguistics Society, which was held at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb in 2012. The articles deal with the way in which information appears in language, specifically with the relationship between meaning and structure, and the way it is constructed by language users, particularly in foreign language learning and teaching situations. All the articles illustrate the claim that investigating language and its information value hinges on language structure, meaning and sociocognitive factors. The analysis of one cannot be complete without analyzing the other two, based on a functional perspective.


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Idiom variation and grammaticalization: a case study. Jelena Parizoska – Zvonimir Novoselec


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