Book Review: Reflections on Persian Grammar Developments in Persian Linguistic Scholarship I

Reflections on Persian Grammar: Developments in Persian Linguistic Scholarship I by Dr. A. Soheili is an analysis of the way the Persian grammar description has developed. It is a concise presentation of the most conspicuous stages in its development. Reviewing the grammar description literature and analyzing it in light of modern grammar theories, the book distinguishes itself as the first historical survey of such scholarly work on Persian grammars. From among ca. 2500 treatises and grammar books on Persian, the author has selected around 40 works to illustrate the main progress in the description of the Persian language, which is a very small proportion of the references available. The criterion used in this selection is, principally, the representativity of the work for each developmental period.

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Book Review: Statistics for Linguists: A Step-by-Step Guide for Novices

David Eddington’s book “Statistics for Linguists. A Step-by-Step Guide for Novices” presents a detailed account of the main statistical methods in linguistic analysis, by using the software SPSS 20. From its subtitle, it is clear that the book is intended for newbies who know little or nothing about both statistics and the IBM software SPSS. Moreover, even if graphs and figures refers to the 20th version of the software, in the Introduction the author states that it will work also for the closest versions, either slightly older or newer.

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Book Announcement: The Role of the Self in Language Learning

The Role of the Self in Language Learning now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781527500013
Hardback, pp175, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Role of the Self in Language Learning, edited by Sehnaz Sahinkarakas and Jülide Inozu.

The role played by concepts of the “Self” in the learning of languages has recently received increasing attention in academic studies. In the same way that fingerprints represent each person’s uniqueness, the self here is related to the uniqueness of learners, the way they receive and transmit their identity in the teaching and learning process. It is this uniqueness that brings dynamism, challenge and inspiration to learning and teaching. By focusing on language learners’ self-concept, this book foregrounds the role of the learner in the process of language learning. It presents a number of empirical studies that bring into focus various aspects of the self, and will, as such, be of interest to EFL teachers, researchers and the general reader interested in the self and its effects on learners’ approaches, motivation and interest in foreign language learning. Continue reading

Book Announcement: A Selection of Simple Prose Texts

A Selection of Simple Prose Texts now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895149
Hardback, pp125, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of A Selection of Simple Prose Texts, edited by Ruzbeh Babaee and Siamak Babaee.

This book introduces a number of different types of writing taken from various periods in history and from well-known authors. It serves as an introduction to English-language prose. The texts compiled here are relevant to current social issues and problems, and, as such, will arouse the curiosity and interest of the reader. Continue reading

Book Announcement: Challenges in Foreign Language Teaching in Iran

Challenges in Foreign Language Teaching in Iran now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895033
Hardback, pp167, £61.99 / $104.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Challenges in Foreign Language Teaching in Iran, edited by Seyed Mohammad Reza Amirian and Gholamreza Zareian.

This volume is a clear reflection of the realities and dynamics of language teaching in Iranian classrooms and the new trends within the Iranian EFL community over the last decade. It covers a variety of recent topics within the context of English language teaching in Iran, such as assessment and testing, Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL), task-based methodology, and vocabulary learning, among others. Continue reading

Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ – October 2017

This October, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Tim Connell has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Tim is Professor Emeritus at City University, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

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Book Announcement: The Vocabulary of Medical English: A Corpus-based Study

The Vocabulary of Medical English: A Corpus-based Study now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishing

9781443895781
Hardback, pp190, £58.99 / $99.95

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of The Vocabulary of Medical English: A Corpus-based Study by Renáta Panocová.

The question of characterizing academic vocabulary has often been framed in a context that is purely determined by questions of language teaching. The aim in such approaches is to come up with a list of words for learners of English for Special Purposes. This book approaches this question from a more general, empirical perspective, focusing on medical vocabulary. Continue reading