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ERIC Number: ED477227
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Lifelong Learning, Human Capital, and the Soundbite. Occasional Paper.
Piper, Alison
This paper demonstrates how a linguistic analysis of lifelong learning as a cultural keyword can be carried out in the context of a particular socioeconomic model with which it is associated, human capital, focusing on the dynamics of their relationship. Study data include a 900,000-word corpus of the recent British and European Union literature on lifelong learning (official publications, newspaper reports, and educational critiques), as well as a larger standard corpus used for reference. Using corpus linguistic methods to study its collocational behavior, key features of the syntax and semantics of lifelong learning are compared with the behavior of the word "learning" as it occurs in general use, and the sociocultural connotations of these features are interpreted and compared with the assumptions of human capital theory. The recurrent wordings that occur in the environment of lifelong learning demonstrate that its participants and processes are extending the meaning of "learning" as a socioeconomic activity and make it possible to show how linguistic categories become social categories). (Contains 37 references.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Southampton Univ. (England). Centre for Language Education.