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Time and Temporality in Language and Human Experience

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Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki

Culture and language provide two essential frameworks to deal with the concept of time. They view time as observer-determined and thus shed light on multiple and often conflicting temporalities we live in, think, and talk about. Relying on empirical methods, the book explores linguistic and psychological parameters of time perception and conceptualization. It deals, among others, with temporal aspects of language acquisition, neural mechanisms of memory and attention, as well as event structures. Further chapters focus on the understanding of time in philosophy, literature, the arts, and non-verbal communication.
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Enhancing the Acquisition of Foreign-language Tense Properties

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Michał B. Paradowski, University of Warsaw, Poland

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The omission of tense and aspect markers belongs to the common body of errors pointing to universal learning mechanisms (Richards 1974)1. The English tense and aspect system has been particularly notorious among foreign language learners for its alleged complexity and complication. A pedagogical model is proposed, drawing on a comparative/contrastive explication and generative insights, in which the apparent difficulty is considerably reduced without compromising on the learners’ final repertoire of linguistic expression.

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