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Harvey, Carol J. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1984
In advanced language classes, a panchronic approach drawing on and integrating traditional synchronic (descriptive) and diachronic (historical) viewpoints is recommended. This approach helps provide both contemporary and historical linguistic facts, gives perspective to all aspects of the language, and assures the development of educated and…
Descriptors: Advanced Courses, Classroom Techniques, Descriptive Linguistics, Diachronic Linguistics
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Moore, Roger; Garcia-Gil, Carlos – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1987
Outlines a multimedia method for teaching about Spanish Golden Age Theatre which resulted in marked improvement in students' understanding of written and spoken Spanish. (CB)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Drama, History Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Patterson, William T. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1986
A study reveals that lexical borrowing in Spanish, from a variety of languages including Latin, French, Italian, Greek, Arabic, Provencal, and Catalan, accounts for 41 percent of the basic Spanish vocabulary, with variation in source according to historical period. (MSE)
Descriptors: Basic Vocabulary, Diachronic Linguistics, Linguistic Borrowing, Second Language Learning
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Laroche, Jacques M. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1983
Three hypotheses for the use or lack of a definite article preceding country names in French are outlined and disproved by prepositional use of "en" and "a". It is proposed that "en" is the basic historical preposition and that definite articles were eventually deleted except where protected by contraction. (MSE)
Descriptors: Determiners (Languages), Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, Form Classes (Languages)
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Morgan, Leslie Z. – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1992
Derivations of the term "gerund" are examined as they pertain to native English speakers learning French, Italian, and/or Spanish. The form's etymology is chronicled from Latin, and its current usage in student textbooks in the three languages is examined. A solution to the terminological confusion surrounding the term is proposed. (41…
Descriptors: Contrastive Linguistics, Definitions, Diachronic Linguistics, English
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Vignola, Marie-Josee – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
A study of the feminization of personal titles in French is reported, and teaching materials based on the findings are suggested for use in college-level intermediate or advanced language classes. The objective is to help language learners understand the phenomenon of feminization and its practical implications. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Course Content, Diachronic Linguistics, French, Grammar
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Senior, Nancy; Longpre, Bernadette – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1987
A linguistic survey indicates that despite variations by region and social group, the French spoken by Saskatchewan francophones preserves traces of the history of the language, including anglicisms and older French expressions not much in use today. (MSE)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Dialects, Foreign Countries, French
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Landry, Rodrigue; Allard, Real – Canadian Modern Language Review, 1990
The phenomenon of lexical neology and its applications in second-language instruction are discussed. A study of feminization of titles in the Canadian maritime provinces is reported, and teaching materials based on those observations are suggested, aimed at enabling college-level language learners to understand the phenomenon and its practical…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Diachronic Linguistics, Foreign Countries, French