Salcedo, Claudia S.
[EN] Spanish articulatory phonetics, the classification of sounds and the physiological mechanism used in the production of phonemes are discussed in this article. The process of learning a language consists of classifying sounds within the target language. Since the learner may be hearing the utterance in a different way than the native speaker some objective criteria are needed to classify sounds. If these distinctions are not mastered, he may be perceived as sounding awkward. Other phonological processes are applied in informal situations due to socio-linguistic factors such as age, social class, and education. Sound deletion in particular phonological environments are...
López García, María
[EN] The article analyzes 97 elementary schoolbooks in Buenos Aires to determine which social representations
about linguistic norm underlie in these school materials. The paper reviews -especially in the
defi nitions of categories, and exercises and activities- the concepts of linguistic variety, standard language
and español neutro. Based on these variables, this article sees the possible repercussions in social representations
that students and teachers can develop from point of view of the publishing companies.
[EN] The adaptation toward a common European space for higher education improves the introduction
of new methodologies and learning approaches, where the relationship between teacher and learner must
be reinterpreted. The increasing development of the information society and the technical possibilities that
it provides constitutes an opportunity to place the ICT and, more particularly, the resources of Web 2.0 in
the service of active, even proactive, learning. Within the framework of several courses of Spanish-French
translation, we developed and tested activities of collaborative work, thanks to the workshop support that
the e-learning platform Moodle offers. This article aims at diffusing the objectives, the progress and the...
Molina Romero, Mª Carmen
[EN] We intend to pay special attention to a particular diffi culty for French Language students in level
B2/C1, whether their native language is Spanish, French or any other else. That is distinguishing “quelque” in
form and function: fi rstly, between indefi nite determiner and adverb; secondly, between concessive constructions
“quelque…que” and “quel que”. These expressions manifest a phonetic similarity that must be solved
when writing by means of a grammatical analysis and by a contrastive analysis with the Spanish equivalent
construction through translation or “thème grammatical”. Doing so will help us to adapt our teaching and
face the special needs of our students within the...
Negro Alousque, Isabel
[EN] Language is an integral part of culture. The relationship between language and culture shows particularly
in lexis. Idioms belong to the category of culturally-determined lexical units and are thus an obvious
source of non-equivalence which cause diffi culties in the translation process.
In the present article we fi rst analyse different classes of idioms according to the type of cultural motivation
underlying them: a)reference to customs, historical events, literary works or beliefs; b) reference to cultural
domains; c) presence of a metaphor entrenched in the target culture. We then focus on the different strategies
used in the translation of culture-specifi c idioms (literal translation, adaptation...
Pérez Cañado, María Luisa
[EN] This article presents the results of the fi rst study carried out in Europe on the adaptation of language
teaching to the European Higher Education Area (ADELEEES Project, Ministry of Science and Innovation).
It specifi cally focuses on the methodological changes which the new credit system is bringing about in all
those European universities which are piloting the ECTS in language studies. After contextualizing the study
within the broader framework of the Project and specifying its objectives, procedure, sample, and statistical
methodology, the article goes on to describe the main outcomes of the investigation for teachers and students.
It concludes by foregrounding the main conclusions...
Arboleda Guirao, Inmaculada de Jesús; Monroy Casas, Rafael
[EN] This paper reports a study on the perception of English syllabic consonants vs. schwa in word fi nal position at discourse level. Our aim is to fi nd out whether gender and accent play a signifi cant role in the pereception of potential syllabic consonants, a topic which needs further research (see Takefuta & Black 1966; Bloom, Moore-Schoenmakers & Masataka 1999). Three females indentifi ed a schwa/syllabic consonant in 800 words uttered in specifi c contextx by 80 non-rhotic native newsreaders (40m/40f) from the BBC Learning English Website. The statistical procedures used were the contingency table analysis and Kendall's...
Valero Doménech, Esperanza; Alcina Caudet, Amparo
[EN] In this study we analyzed the dictionary defi nitions and defi nitory contexts extracted from a corpus
of the ceramic fi eld. The objective was to discover the relevant features in the description of the concept
groups: ceramic defects and ceramic production processes. In order to segment and classify the fragments
which contain a conceptual feature, we used a program for the qualitative analysis. The results consist in a
set of relevant features for the description of the two groups analyzed one the one hand, and the fragments of
text associated with each of these features on the other. The qualitative analysis program has...
Ortega Barrera, Ivalla; Torres Ramírez, Amelia
[EN] Evidentiality and textual modality are widely debated fi eld categories within the areas of linguistics
and textual stylistics. The attitude of the author towards the topic indicates its commitment with the established
proposition. In this way, his attitude can have either a rational/evaluative character (objective) or an
emotional/expressive character (subjective), which thus conveys the tonality of the discourse. The present
paper, which forms part of the research project “Evidentiality in a multidisciplinary corpus of research papers
in English” of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, focuses on the genre “abstracts of research
papers applied to computer science”. In this paper we will analyse...
[EN] This study focuses on learning pronunciation within the study of French as a foreign language
(FLE) with the help of resources and tools of the web 2.0. The investigation was carried out both in the classroom
and online (Campus Virtuel FLE, Universidad de León) and 178 students (mainly beginner level) have
participated in it between 2005 and 2009. Firstly, we wanted to analyze the characteristics and modalities of
different oral productions from students, as well as ICT tools and teaching tasks which have encouraged the
creation of audiovisual recordings published in several educational web environments (weblogs, podcasts,
social networking, education platform).We have also attempted to...
[EN] The paper explores the most relevant conclusions obtained after a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the corpus 0 TRACEni (1962-1969)(TRAducciones CEnsuradas narrativa inglés), which at present contains 9090 entries of English narrative texts translated into Castilian Spanish and published under those years. The aim of this paper is to examine the most relevant results from the initial Corpus TRACEni, obtained after a quantitative and qualitative analysis, with no recourse to the books themselves, with the ultimate purpose of exploiting some of those texts in the foreseeable future. The study of paratextual information of the translated texts into Castilian from...
Gómez Devís, M.ª Begoña; Llopis Rodrigo, Francesc
[EN] The present research pretends to show the degree of semantic merging between the available
lexis of Spanish and Catalan from Valencia in 2nd year baccalaureate students.
The global inter-linguistic compatibility for speakers of both linguistic communities in the seventeen semantic
groups studied will show the high level of coincidence in both languages in contact. This is due to the fact
that the lexis used in specifi c communicative situations is similar in both.
Martín Martín, Pedro
[EN] English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is one of the fastest-expanding sub-branches of Applied
Linguistics. In this fi eld of knowledge, research carried out in the areas of Genre Analysis and Contrastive
Rhetoric has had particular relevance due to their valuable contribution to pedagogical material design. This
paper surveys the evolution of EAP from its origins and its contribution to the analysis of scientifi c discourse.
Within the Genre Analysis paradigm, this paper also explores the concepts of “discourse community” and
“genre”, and the importance that these concepts have today in academic discourse research. Moreover, this
paper gives an account of the role of rhetoric studies,...
Sanz Julián, María
[EN] In Spanish Schools of Music, the teachers of German as a Foreign Language, who address their
work basically to students of Singing, face an enormous diffi culty when trying to fi nd didactic materials to
help them to prepare activities for their pupils. In this article I intend, on the one hand, to make an approach
to the subjects which have to be taught by these professionals and, on the other hand, to offer them some
useful pedagogical and practical suggestions. With this aim in mind, I present a series of exercises and activities
focused on two main points: the preparations of class materials...
Galera Masegosa, Alicia
[EN] This article argues for an alternative analysis of discourse markers to that proposed within relevance-theoretic approaches, which attribute procedural (as opposed to conceptual) meaning to these words. This study provides a new perspective that brings together the main contributions of Relevance Theory (RT) and those that arise from the Lexical Constructional Model (LCM), thus shedding light on the role of discourse markers within sentence meaning. Rather than offering procedural information, discourse markers activate high-level conceptual mechanisms that help the hearer in his/her choice of the most appropriate interpretation of utterances. Furthermore, the present paper provides a fully-fl edged analysis...
Filardo Llamas, Laura; Iglesias Botrán, Ana María
[EN] The objective of this article is to understand the relationship that can be established between the
entertaining function of songs, and their ability to respond to given social processes. In this way, it could be
argued that the idealising and didactic functions of music can be equated to the ideational function of language
identifi ed by M.A.K. Halliday. Therefore, by analysing referential processes, transitivity and metaphorical
uses, we shall be able to fi gure out the personal and social experience that musicians are drawing upon in
their reactions to certain social events. In this article, we will focus on the response of the Black...
Jordá Albiñana, María Begoña; Ampuero Canellas, Olga; González del Rio Cogorno, Jimena; Magal Royo, Teresa
[EN] Brand name is a value within marketing strategy in every company. However, these words that
are part of the vocabulary we use daily are not being enough considered from a linguistic point of view. This
research analyses the phonetic, morphology and semantic of 141 Spanish brand names that belong to the
Leading Brands of Spain Forum. Results describe how those words used as brand names in Spain are and
which image of Spanish Language is projected through them. Furthermore, they can be used as guidelines
for those people that are in charge of creating brand names.