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Computer-Mediated Communication

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Author(s): Cohen-Gross, Dalia
Since the 1990s, computer-mediated communication (CMC) has increased dramatically and become an important alternative to more conventional means of communication. Computer-mediated communication takes place in a variety of different applications, including chats (ICQ, Messenger, etc.), instant messaging (IM), web logs ( blogs), and short-message services (SMS, also known as text messaging or texting). With the rising popularity and increasing use of instant messaging, internet chat rooms, and text messaging, a new language has emerged, tailored t…

Contrastive Grammar

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Author(s): Cohen-Gross, Dalia
Contrastive Grammar deals with the synchronic analysis of similarities and differences of two or more languages. One of the earliest theories in this linguistic approach was Contrastive Analysis Hypothesis (Lado 1957), which became especially influential in language teaching and learning. According to this theory, second language acquisition is strongly integrated with a tendency to transfer forms and meanings from the learner’s first language (L1) into the new language (L2). Hence errors, which…

Syllable Structure: Modern Hebrew

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Author(s): Cohen-Gross, Dalia
The syllable plays a central role in phonological theory as an organizing principle for grouping segments into sequences (see, e.g., Haugen 1956; Fudge 1969; Selkirk 1982), and psycholinguists have recognized it as the fundamental building block of speech, both in production and perception (see, e.g., Selinker 1992:10; Ben-Dror et al. 1995; Share and Blum 2001; Siok et al. 2003). The basic elements of a syllable are consonants (C) and vowels (V), arranged in a sequence of onset (the initial segment), nucleus (the central segment), and coda (the closing segment). The nucleus (V o…