LINGUIST List 9.1048

Thu Jul 16 1998

Qs: Textbooks, Computer Teaching, Arabic Grammar

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  • Duncan Markham, textbook recommendations/webpage
  • Sun Honglin, Qs: Advice on good books about Computer Assisted Teaching
  • Geert-Jan M. Kruijff, Logical/formal grammar and Arabic

    Message 1: textbook recommendations/webpage

    Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 14:32:40 +1000
    From: Duncan Markham <>
    Subject: textbook recommendations/webpage

    Dear Colleagues,

    What are your favourite textbooks, most hated textbooks, most imaginative textbooks, least proofread textbooks...? I am attempting to compile reviews and opinions of textbooks used in some areas of linguistics teaching. The collected material will then be made available on WWW for all interested parties to access.

    I welcome contributions about textbooks in languages other than English (please provide a review in English, though)!

    The areas for which I am seeking responses are:

    * introductory linguistics * phonetics (and subdisciplines) * phonology * sociolinguistics * second language acquisition * psycholinguistics

    Contributions can be anonymous if necessary.

    If possible, please give some details of

    * the context in which you have used a book (eg, level of study (eg, 2nd year), general calibre of students taking the subject, number of students, whether it was used as the primary or only reading),

    * how long the book has been used in your / your institution's teaching

    * the strengths and/or weaknesses of the book in terms of, eg, content, presentation, comprehensiveness, errors, breadth of application, etc.

    * and anything else you want to add!

    The URL of this teaching resource will be forwarded to LINGUIST LIST when the results have been compiled.

    Duncan Markham

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dr Duncan Markham ph:+61-(0)3-92517149 fax:+61-(0)3-92446755 Linguistics, Literary & Communication Studies, Deakin University, 221 Burwood Hwy, Burwood VIC 3125, AUSTRALIA

    Message 2: Qs: Advice on good books about Computer Assisted Teaching

    Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 13:04:37 +0800
    From: Sun Honglin <>
    Subject: Qs: Advice on good books about Computer Assisted Teaching

    Beijing Language and Culture University(former Beijing Language Institute) Press(China) is planning to publish a translation series in language teaching & learning.We will select some representative,recently published books in this area,written mainly in English,and organise people to tranlate them into Chinese.It will help the Chinese students and teachers to know the recent advances in the area.You are earnestly requested to recommend the good books in CALL(Computational assisted Language Learning) and language testing. Thank you in advance

    Message 3: Logical/formal grammar and Arabic

    Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 13:48:15 +0000
    From: Geert-Jan M. Kruijff <>
    Subject: Logical/formal grammar and Arabic

    I'd very much appreciate it if someone could point me to work on formalizing Arabic grammar (contemporary or Sibawayhi). Whether formalization is carried out in (hybrid/multimodal) logical grammar or LFG/HPSG/etc is of less concern ...

    Any references are welcome, thanks in advance for the effort,


    Geert-Jan Kruijff

    - - --------------------------------------------------------------------- Geert-Jan M. Kruijff Institute of Formal & Applied Linguistics/Linguistic Data Laboratory Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University

    Malostranske nam. 25, CZ-118 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic Phone: ++420-2-2191-4255 Fax: ++420-2-2191-4309 Email:, WWW: