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Yan Huang

context, it can also be deblocked, as in the pun in (52a) (Jespersen 1942 : 231), and the quotation from the Oxford English Dictionary in (52b). (Plag 2003 : 64). (52) a. Is life worth living? It depends on the liver. b. Th e country for easy livers, Th e quietest under the sun. 16 Th is shows that there

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Zohreh R. Eslami, Nasser Jabbari and Li-Jen Kuo

networks. Das (2010) examined the impact of social distance on the behaviour of Bengalis—who are living in the United States—in terms of compliments, greetings, and thanking in Orkut as a social networking site. Drawing on Wolfson’s (1988) Bulge Theory, which predicts that relationships that are

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Istvan Kecskes

interlocutors. The following exchange between a native speaker of American English and a Thai “au pair” girl records a situation when language proficiency does not work as a barrier at all. Both speakers are highly motivated and interested in the topic of conversation. They focus on the content rather than the

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Robin Anderson and Iga Maria Lehman

1 Introduction English is widely accepted as the primary international language, and it is becoming increasingly viewed as a basic skill required in most walks of professional life. For many governments and large institutions the question is not whether English should be promoted

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Alex Kerner

of Hebrew, imparting to them at least enough tools to be able to actively participate in the ritual in the synagogue. A more profound study of the language was reserved for those among the youngsters chosen to develop a religious scholarly life. Aboab wrote in the 1750s, long after the communities

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Piotr Cap

packets of data that keep e-mail, the Web and other, more basic necessities of modern life humming. At first the attack seems to be an inconvenience—e-mail traffic grinds to a halt, Web browsing is impossible. But then the problems spread to services only tangentially related to the Internet: your

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Uta Helfrich

– Spanish Spain as a “marca experiencial”, 16 is the literal incarnation of the tourist perspective on all levels of subject encoding encoding, verbally, visually and audiovisually. Developed by Turespaña for so-called mercados maduros , this campaign is directed at the self-motivated active tourist

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Hilary Pomeroy

’s once thriving Jewish communities, a council of rabbis met in Valladolid in 1432 to draw up a series of ordinances designed to regulate Jewish life in the local Jewish quarter. These statutes, known as the Valladolid taqqanot , would prove to be one of the earliest legal documents written in Spanish

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Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Miriam Ben-Rafael

maintains a non-negligible importance in the flow of social life. Hence, a prevailing feature of this era of globalization is its significance in terms of interconnection and interdependence across borders (Holton 2005). This feature of our epoch relates to the so-called technologistic approach as

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Eliezer Ben-Rafael and Miriam Ben-Rafael

bilingualism and its concretization in language contact situations. Varieties of bilingualism are, today more than at any other era, bound to a wide number of backdrops: migrating to a new society, age and developmental life-stages, community endeavors, or specific purposes of language uses. Ferguson (1959