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Pathways V. 08 Historical Evolution of Chinese Languages and Scripts
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This is a new edition of the book, co-published by NEALRC and Changjiang Publishing Group, China. This bilingual text by Zhou Youguang (in Chinese) with English translation by Zhang Liqing makes it easier for English speakers to gain advanced level skills in East Asian languages. It also exposes learners at or above intermediate skill levels to the vocabulary and discourses of academic disciplines and provides entries into discussions with oral and written presentations in these concentrations. This concise treatment of a field is done by an excellent scholar with outstanding English translation. This book offers an overview of a particular situation regarding the development and problems concerning Chinese languages and scripts. John DeFrancis recommends in the Foreword to this text: "This fact-filled but by no means dry compendium, the contents of which are easily accessible thanks to a good, detailed index, deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the languages and scripts of China." This is an ideal book for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses dealing with Chinese languages and scripts.

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Pathways V. 07 Advances in Japanese Pedagogy
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Details: Essays designed to support informed classroom and curricular decisions. Dispels some of the misunderstandings about Japanese language instruction and introduces the intellectual inquires we are making in the field. Contents: Ch.1 Development of Kanji Knowledge Among Adult JFL Learners. Ch.2 Subvocalization in Reading Kanji: Can Japanese Text Be Comprehended Without It? Ch.3 Developmental Sequences. Ch.4 Japanese Second Language Acquisition in the Classroom. Ch.5 Reading as Socio-Cultural Performance. Ch.6 Can a Computer Tutor Detect Problems with Linked Sentences? Ch.7 The Logic of Japanese Language Practice. Ch.8 Automaticity and Its Implications for JFL Pedagogy. Ch.9 Japanese for Special Purposes: Teaching Japanese to Engineers and Scientists. Ch.10 Pedagogic Implications of Standards-based Education. Ch.11 The First Framework: Getting Down to Basics.

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Pathways V. 06 Difficult Characters Interdisciplinary Studies of Chinese and Japanese Writing
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Mary S. Erbaugh has compiled this volume to examine the so-called "ideographic myth" from a variety of perspectives. Through this multidisciplinary collection of articles, we learn how the myth has come about, what sort of theory and empirical evidence have been generated to refute it, and how this myth has stubbornly persisted to hamper progress in a number of scholarly areas. But perhaps most importantly, this volume presents in a detailed manner how different academic disciplines go about analyzing historical and empirical data in order to arrive at new knowledge.

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