Verbal Fluency, or How to Stay on Top of the Wave?

Michael Zock, Stergos D. Afantenos

Abstract

Speaking a language and achieving proficiency in another one is a highly complex process which requires the acquisition of various kinds of knowledge and skills, like the learning of words, rules and patterns and their connection to communicative goals (intentions), the usual starting point. To help the learner to acquire these skills we propose an enhanced, electronic version of an age old method: pattern drills (henceforth PDs). While being highly regarded in the fifties, PDs have become unpopular since then, partially because of their lack of grounding (natural context) and rigidity. Despite these shortcomings we do believe in the virtues of this approach, at least with regard to the acquisition of basic linguistic reflexes or skills (automatisms), necessary to survive in the new language. Of course, the method needs improvement, and we will show here how this can be achieved. Unlike tapes or books, computers are open media, allowing for dynamic changes, taking users’ performances and preferences into account. Building an electronic version of PDs amounts to building an open resource, accomodatable to the users’ ever changing needs.

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Zock M. and D. Afantenos S. (2008). Verbal Fluency, or How to Stay on Top of the Wave? . In Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008) ISBN 978-989-8111-45-6, pages 159-164. DOI: 10.5220/0001742001590164


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@conference{nlpcs08,
author={Michael Zock and Stergos D. Afantenos},
title={Verbal Fluency, or How to Stay on Top of the Wave?},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008)},
year={2008},
pages={159-164},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001742001590164},
isbn={978-989-8111-45-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science - Volume 1: NLPCS, (ICEIS 2008)
TI - Verbal Fluency, or How to Stay on Top of the Wave?
SN - 978-989-8111-45-6
AU - Zock M.
AU - D. Afantenos S.
PY - 2008
SP - 159
EP - 164
DO - 10.5220/0001742001590164