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Applying cognitive linguistics to second language learning and teaching / Jeannette Littlemore.


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Littlemore, Jeannette.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • Book
  • xii, 212 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-208) and index.
  • List of Tables and Figures Acknowledgements Introduction 'I see less of the surroundings. The story feels different'. Construal and Second Language Learning More on Categories: Words, Morphemes, Parts of Speech, 'Grammar rules' and Phonological Features as Radial Categories More about Spinsters and their Cats. Encyclopaedic Knowledge and Second Language Learning 'Eyebrow heads' and 'yummy mummies' Metaphor and Second Language Learning 'Jane Austen's on the ground floor' ! or is she? Metonymy and Second Language Learning What Have Bees, Macaque Monkeys and Humans got in Common? Embodied Cognition, Gesture and Second Language Learning 'Loud suits' and 'sharp cheese' 'Motivated language' and Second Language Learning 'Brian sent Antarctica a walrus' Construction Grammars and Second Language Learning Conclusion Index Endnotes References.
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Publisher's Summary:
Cognitive linguistics is a relatively new discipline which is rapidly becoming mainstream and influential, particularly in the area of second language teaching. Some findings from cognitive linguistics lend further support to existing language teaching methodologies, whereas others have led to intriguing suggestions for alternative ways of presenting grammar and vocabulary in the language classroom. Moreover, cognitive linguistics offers some interesting and new explanations for the fact that at times, 'students don't seem to learn what they have been taught'. It is therefore useful for language teachers and those who train or mentor teachers to know something about cognitive linguistics, as knowledge of this fascinating subject may influence their approach to teaching and/or training. This book introduces the subject of cognitive linguistics in a clear and accessible style and discusses the ways in which it can inform language teaching practice.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)

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