Oxford Applied Linguistics: Language Play, Language Learning

Paperback | April 5, 2000

byGuy Cook

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This book has two related purposes. The first is to demonstrate the extent and importance of language play in human life; the second is to draw out the implications for applied linguistics and language teaching. Language play should not be thought of as a trivial or peripheral activity, but ascentral to human thought and culture, to learning, creativity, and intellectual enquiry. It fulfils a major function of language, underpinning the human capacity to adapt: as individuals, as societies, and as a species.

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This book has two related purposes. The first is to demonstrate the extent and importance of language play in human life; the second is to draw out the implications for applied linguistics and language teaching. Language play should not be thought of as a trivial or peripheral activity, but ascentral to human thought and culture, to le...

Guy Cook is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading. He has worked as an EFL teacher in Egypt, Italy, the UK, and Russia, as a lecturer at the University of Leeds, and as head of TESOL at the London University Institute of Education. He has been an invited speaker at universities and major conferences in many cou...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:242 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.55 inPublished:April 5, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0194421538

ISBN - 13:9780194421539

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Acknowledgements Introduction: Not only for childrenPART ONE: The interlocking levels1. The forms of language play: rhythm and repetition in children's verse2. The meanings of language play: imaginary worlds3. The uses of language play: competition and collaborationPART TWO: Theories and explanations4. The nature of play: evolutionary and cultural perspectives5. The play of nature: randomness and creativityPART THREE: Language learning6. Current orthodoxies in language teaching7. Future prospects for language teachingbr / Bibliography Index

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'This far-ranging study demonstrates immense erudition in its sweep of scientific, cultural, and pedagogical theory, and points the way to linking opposing notions of language acquisition. Cook's work moves the profession away from a language learning centred on myopically practical, quotidiantasks and provides us with the much needed bridge between the disciplines of the traditional liberal arts and those of the behavioral sciences - a bridge that in turn facilitates a greater understanding of the second language acquisition process.' - Kenneth W Mildenberger Award Committee