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by lucy black
Tue Sep 14, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Activities and Games
Topic: List of great web activities & games
Replies: 70
Views: 96157

Thanks, those are all great
by lucy black
Wed Nov 14, 2007 10:55 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Double Copula
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

So the initial "my point is" is not followed by a hesitation or break of any kind?

That does sound odd :(
by lucy black
Tue Nov 13, 2007 11:02 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Double Copula
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

If it refers to what Mr.Pedantic says then it doesn't seem very remarkable (or "controversial"). Perhaps if you made a very strong emphasis of any kind of common phrase at the start of a stretch of spoken English, it would sound natural to repeat some of it in a more measured tone (if it connected f...
by lucy black
Tue Nov 13, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: another prepositions post
Replies: 10
Views: 1421

Yes, that sounds fun :) For example?
by lucy black
Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:27 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Double Copula
Replies: 9
Views: 1343

Double Copula

There are not many English "grammar controversies" currently listed on Wikipedia, but the following is one of them. It has passed me by - did somebody enter this as a joke :?: The double copula, also known as the double is, is the usage in the English language of two successive copulas when only one...
by lucy black
Mon Nov 12, 2007 11:04 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: another prepositions post
Replies: 10
Views: 1421

I suppose it is interesting in a way, but is it really worth worrying about it? I mean, if you looked at a number of languages then you would get a range of prepositions meaning vaguely similar things doing varying jobs, and they even vary within English over time and dialect e.g "think on that" etc...
by lucy black
Sun Nov 11, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The clownfish is no happier...
Replies: 29
Views: 3022

Actually "far from being a" was a better explanation - as you could say "He is no criminal". Perhaps I should quit while I'm ahead, but it did strike me that perhaps the negation might be conceived to be on something invisible. A sentence like "She is no amount prettier than Lucy" strikes me as some...
by lucy black
Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:18 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The clownfish is no happier...
Replies: 29
Views: 3022

Lucy: Not + comparative adjective would generally emphasize equal or less than No + comparative adjective also suggests an expectation is not met. No + noun could be just "There are no cups on the table", so you have to be careful of the exact environment. However in the kind of sentences we have me...
by lucy black
Wed Nov 07, 2007 11:09 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The clownfish is no happier...
Replies: 29
Views: 3022

For example, if we take the sentences:

He is no superman/ He is not superman

then the "scope of the negation" seems the same and the fact that "no" means "far from being a" seems to be just idiomatic usage.
by lucy black
Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:42 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: A long overdue apology.
Replies: 4
Views: 789

I don't know what you think you did wrong in the first place, Macavity, but well done anyway.

You are a shining example for a certain gentleman who has been displaying his "cojones" in an embarrassing fashion. :wink:
by lucy black
Wed Nov 07, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grand stategy for teaching listening
Replies: 14
Views: 4109

Thanks for the link Sally :D Actually, it makes me wonder a similar thing. Like a lot of posters in that conversation, I think TTT has its place, I think the teacher-as-model has his/her place. What on earth would I say, therefore, if I had an interview to be a CELTA trainer, or something of the sor...
by lucy black
Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:41 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The clownfish is no happier...
Replies: 29
Views: 3022

I meant to say "comparative adjective" not verb :oops: I don't understand the answer to the question you didn't understand, Stephen. A is no prettier than B / A is not prettier than B "prettier (than B)" is clearly negated in either case. The reason for a semantic difference lies in idiomatic usage ...
by lucy black
Tue Nov 06, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grand stategy for teaching listening
Replies: 14
Views: 4109

I agree with almost everything here, there are some very good new ideas, and I already use texts beforehand, try to use simple material, and contextualize as much as possible. The trouble is that I think that people working for universities, in general, believe this sort of approach to be "wrong". I...
by lucy black
Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:24 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: The clownfish is no happier...
Replies: 29
Views: 3022

Stephen, please explain to this windbag how anything other than the verb and its complement could be being negated. That seems a little windy to me - I think you are trying to squeeze some technical juice out of simple idiomatic usage.
by lucy black
Tue Nov 06, 2007 4:11 am
Forum: Applied Linguistics
Topic: Grand stategy for teaching listening
Replies: 14
Views: 4109

Grand stategy for teaching listening

I might get some interesting advice given my recent posts, but I'll go ahead and ask this on this forum in any case :wink: I recently went for an interview at a Chinese school run by Middlesex university, and I was asked a series of questions - "What is your strategy for teaching reading/writing/spe...