Language Play, Language Learning

Language Play, Language Learning

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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 as central 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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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 14mm | 358.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194421538
  • 9780194421539
  • 755,340

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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, quotidian tasks 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 *
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