Language learning - the story so far.

Iain Walker (iainw@SUE.ECON.SU.OZ.AU)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 10:38:33 +1100

To all who requested details of the results of my requests for info on
language learning: there were quite a few of you, so I have mailed this
to the list at large.

My apologies for taking so long to get this out, especially in view
of the fact that I have very little info to share! My original request
was in the context of an imminent seminar on the topic amongst postgrads
in our department. This never happened (although I hope it eventually
will), so in the meantime, this is what I have:

_Learning a Foreign Language: A Handbook prepared especially for
missionaries_ by Eugene Nida, Friendship Press, 1957.

William Samarin's Field Linguistics (Holt Rinehart Winston 1967).

Kenneth Pike's Phonemics and Eugene Nida's Morphology; these are
both how-to manuals.

"Language Acquisition Made Practical" (LAMP) by Tom and BettySue
Brewster. They wrote the book for missionaries going to very remote
and people groups, usually needing to learn undocumented languages.

Burling, Robbins. 1984. Learning a field language. Ann Arbor:
University of Michigan Press.

Hope this helps those who are interested; it seems like there's a lot of
demand for this sort of thing but not much supply. If and when I have
the time...

Iain Walker * Dept. of Anthropology * University of Sydney *

"L'homme qui a deux femmes perd son ame;
"L'homme qui a deux maisons perd sa raison"
"mdru ukana hahe na ha nduhuze"