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by fluffyhamster
Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Brian Browser's book-filled trousers
Replies: 105
Views: 62383

There's a new edition out of that ol' fave of mine, the Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar , BUT the new additional author (Bas Aarts), presumably called in to do his worst, has seen fit to remove the phonetics entries*, and in their place add doubtless a fair amount of syntactic stodge from the C...
by fluffyhamster
Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:52 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'As per' Usage
Replies: 5
Views: 5708

Well we're calling it a sentence but it's a bit abbreviated and note-like. It could even conceivably be just a noun phrase containing a reduced relative clause (i.e. other clauses could come before or after it: ... X ... ). Hard to say out of context!
by fluffyhamster
Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'As per' Usage
Replies: 5
Views: 5708

Sorry for not addressing your question of subordination. My understanding is that 'as per doctor's orders' is an adverbial (the whole could be replaced with e.g. 'correctly'), and it isn't a clause (further clause) but rather just an element (a phrase) in yes a simple sentence. The "complexity" (tha...
by fluffyhamster
Tue Dec 17, 2013 3:43 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'As per' Usage
Replies: 5
Views: 5708

Dictionaries don't analyze it further than labelling it an idiom, while in grammars (e.g. the LGSWE, pg 75) it is listed simply as a complex (i.e. multi-word) preposition. I don't think it is worth trying to break it down beyond that, so you'd probably be best just trying to think of synonyms e.g. a...
by fluffyhamster
Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Purchasing proper ESL manuals and grammar books.
Replies: 4
Views: 4258

You're very welcome, W.O.C! The books I mentioned in my last post should be plenty for reference purposes, so now I'll suggest more practical, actual activity-related stuff. You might want to get a general methodology guide (that covers "everything": how to teach sounds, words, grammar, speaking, li...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:52 am
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Purchasing proper ESL manuals and grammar books.
Replies: 4
Views: 4258

Welcome to the forums! :wink: Student grammar practice books such as Murphy's Grammar in Use series are a painless way of familiarizing yourself with the essentials and seeing how they can be contextualized (i.e. are used in basic situations). I also like Swan & Walter's How English Works , and some...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:43 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'A Freq Dict of Am Eng.' ©2010 Routledge - comments anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 2992

The frequency dictionary is made and printed to the same dimensions and high quality as the comprehensive grammar, but uses an Arial-like rather than Times New Roman-ish font. There are a few typographical quibbles though - the headword characters are printed in bold, which could make the more compl...
by fluffyhamster
Sat Nov 16, 2013 2:09 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'A Freq Dict of Am Eng.' ©2010 Routledge - comments anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 2992

Hi LSK! :wink: I have Routledge's frequency dictionary for Chinese, and might get around to writing my own review of it one day if I find any points not covered by or worth expanding beyond what's in the following two reviews: http://linguistlist.org/issues/21/21-2576.html http://www.benjamins.com/#...
by fluffyhamster
Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: 'Due to' and 'Undue to'
Replies: 2
Views: 2601

Do we give undue to importance to grammar teaching? is incorrect - it should be just 'undue importance' (with no intervening 'to'). The Macmillan ED has a pretty good breakdown of the items concerned: http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/undue - " ADJECTIVE [ONLY BEFORE NOUN] ..." ...
by fluffyhamster
Fri Sep 06, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: A/The Vote of Thanks
Replies: 3
Views: 2492

Definitely a "first mention" context. Even any subsequent referring back probably wouldn't involve 'the', so as to avoid repetition (A: There was a show of hands. B: How did it /?the show of hands/ the vote [note the noun in that last option has changed to a synonym providing variety] go? What was d...
by fluffyhamster
Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Semantics - Use of Marked Syntax
Replies: 1
Views: 2916

Hi, and welcome to the forums. I can't tell you how to report this stuff as I don't know quite what your assignment requires (and I wouldn't be willing to do too much even if I did know LOL). I can tell you however that it is common in most grammars to contrast canonical/unmarked word order with non...
by fluffyhamster
Tue May 28, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Best online dictionary and best online corpus
Replies: 2
Views: 2921

Here are some instructions I wrote for somebody once on how to use the [email protected]: At first it's a bit tricky to operate/enter the POS (Part of Speech) tag selections, so for now as an example you might like to just copy and paste the following into the 'SEARCH STRING' box and then click the 'SEARCH' b...
by fluffyhamster
Fri May 17, 2013 7:59 pm
Forum: Material Writing
Topic: The use of humor in the classroom
Replies: 4
Views: 4481

I also like humour - funny pictures (e.g. I once drew a picture of Sadako from Ringu, but with fluffy bunny slippers on), little improvised jokes (e.g. a fly is buzzing around the classroom, I say "Oh, my pet!" and beckon it [back] towards my armpit, its home :) ), and so on. I also had fun making u...
by fluffyhamster
Fri May 17, 2013 7:49 pm
Forum: Adult Education
Topic: Myths about Teaching and Learning Second Language Vocabulary
Replies: 2
Views: 2323

Many thanks for posting this article - I might repost it e.g. over on the Job Discussion forums sometime. I have Folse's book, but it's nice to have a potted summary, especially to direct others to. Welcome to the forums, by the way!
by fluffyhamster
Mon Apr 08, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: quick grammar question: "It's more likely than not it w
Replies: 7
Views: 4701

Thanks for mentioning the Börjars & Burridge. I recall seeing it in Japan, but it was probably a bit too pricey an import, and at the time only the First Edition and lacking the Glossary, for example.