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New Perspectives on Japanese Language Learning, Linguistics, and Culture
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This volume is a collection of selected refereed papers presented at the Association of Teachers of Japanese Annual Spring Conference held at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in March of 2011. It not only covers several important topics on teaching and learning spoken and written Japanese and culture in and beyond classroom settings, but also includes research investigating certain linguistic items from new perspectives.

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Thai Language and Culture for Beginners (Book 1 auxiliary materials)
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****Auxiliary materials no longer available through UH Press are now available for free download on ScholarSpace. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/14555**** Thai Language and Culture for Beginners provides a basic foundation for conversational Standard Thai for beginning learners. It focuses on developing the learners' listening and speaking skills. Designed primarily for use in a Thai as a Foreign Language class in U.S. universities, this course book uses a proficiency-based approach to learning Thai and covers the daily real life topics and situations that a student might encounter. Each volume set consists of: • Coursebook • Companion Audio/Video CD (in mp3 and mpeg formats) • Companion Dialog Video clips DVD (NTSC format) The Thai Language and Culture for Beginners coursebook set (Book 1 and Book 2) consists of 31 lessons (20 lessons in Book 1 and 11 lessons in Book 2) and appendix sections providing samples of songs and poems of Thailand, as well as an index to structural patterns introduced in the text and a vocabulary index in both Thai to English and English to Thai order, providing both IPA transcription and Thai script. The accompanying audio-CD provides the reading of the terms and expressions introduced in each lesson. The video-DVD provides video-clips of the enactment of the contextualized dialogs as audio-visual samples of language usage. This Thai Language and Culture for Beginners course book set and the accompanying audio-CD and video-DVD were developed during 2003-2006 with funding from the U.S. Department of Education (International Research and Studies Program Grant Award No. P017A030070).

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Pragmatics of Vietnamese as a native and target language
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The volume offers a wealth of new information about the forms of several speech acts and their social distribution in Vietnamese as L1 and L2, complemented by a chapter on address forms and listener responses. As the first of its kind, the book makes a valuable contribution to the research literature on pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and language and social interaction in an under- researched and less commonly taught Asian language. PRAGMATICS & INTERACTION, a refereed series sponsored by the University of Hawai‘i National Foreign Language Resource Center, publishes research on topics in pragmatics and discourse as social interaction from a wide variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. P&I particularly welcomes studies on languages spoken in the Asian-Pacific region.

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