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Read more about Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches

Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches

Contributor: Müller

Publisher: Language Science Press

This book introduces formal grammar theories that play a role in current linguistic theorizing (Phrase Structure Grammar, Transformational Grammar/Government & Binding, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, Head-​Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Construction Grammar, Tree Adjoining Grammar). The key assumptions are explained and it is shown how the respective theory treats arguments and adjuncts, the active/passive alternation, local reorderings, verb placement, and fronting of constituents over long distances. The analyses are explained with German as the object language.

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics

Contributors: Matthews and Hendricks

Publisher: Rebus Community

We often make judgments about good and bad, right and wrong. Philosophical ethics is the critical examination of these and other concepts central to how we evaluate our own and each others’ behavior and choices.

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Read more about Writing Unleashed: Content and Structure - 3.0

Writing Unleashed: Content and Structure - 3.0

Contributors: Priebe, Marman, and Anderson

Publisher: North Dakota University System

Welcome to Writing Unleashed, designed for use as a textbook in first-year college composition programs, written as an extremely brief guide for students, jam-packed with teachers’ voices, students’ voices, and engineered for fun.

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Read more about Bad Ideas About Writing

Bad Ideas About Writing

Contributors: Ball and Loewe

Publisher: West Virginia University

We intend this work to be less a bestiary of bad ideas about writing than an effort to name bad ideas and suggest better ones. Some of those bad ideas are quite old, such as the archetype of the inspired genius author, the five-paragraph essay, or the abuse of adjunct writing teachers. Others are much newer, such as computerized essay scoring or gamification. Some ideas, such as the supposed demise of literacy brought on by texting, are newer bad ideas but are really instances of older bad ideas about literacy always being in a cycle of decline. Yet the same core questions such as what is good writing, what makes a good writer, how should writing be assessed, and the like persist across contexts, technologies, and eras. The project has its genesis in frustration, but what emerges is hope: hope for leaving aside bad ideas and thinking about writing in more productive, inclusive, and useful ways.

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Read more about Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology

Responsible Innovation: Ethics, Safety and Technology

Contributor: Kormelink

Publisher: TU Delft Open

This textbook is based on the MOOC Responsible Innovation offered by the TU Delft. It provides a framework to reflect on the ethics and risks of new technologies. How can we make sure that innovations do justice to social and ethical values? How can we minimize (unknown)risks?

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Read more about Tout un Monde: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Intermediate French

Tout un Monde: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Intermediate French

Contributor: Soueid

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

This book is intended for use with intermediate level college French classes. Its multidisciplinary approach introduces students to topics and vocabulary associated with fields such as medicine, advertising, travel, business, agriculture, and relationships.

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Read more about Libro Libre: Beginning Spanish

Libro Libre: Beginning Spanish

Contributors: Huebener and Steinberg

Publisher: Erin Huebener

One of the most important things we can do to hold ourselves accountable for our learning is to engage in goal setting and metacognition—a fancy term for thinking about the way we think and learn. The goals we set should be specific and achievable. Something like “Speak Spanish” is too broad, we need to focus on the steps we need to take to get there and the signs that we will see as proof of our progress.

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Read more about The American Yawp Vol. II: Since 1877

The American Yawp Vol. II: Since 1877

Contributors: Locke and Wright

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks. Yet for those that still yearn for the safe tether of a synthetic text, as either narrative backbone or occasional reference material, The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

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Read more about The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877

The American Yawp Vol. I: To 1877

Contributors: Locke and Wright

Publisher: Stanford University Press

In an increasingly digital world in which pedagogical trends are de-emphasizing rote learning and professors are increasingly turning toward active-learning exercises, scholars are fleeing traditional textbooks. Yet for those that still yearn for the safe tether of a synthetic text, as either narrative backbone or occasional reference material, The American Yawp offers a free and online, collaboratively built, open American history textbook designed for college-level history courses. Unchecked by profit motives or business models, and free from for-profit educational organizations, The American Yawp is by scholars, for scholars. All contributors—experienced college-level instructors—volunteer their expertise to help democratize the American past for twenty-first century classrooms.

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Read more about Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind

Publisher: Rebus Community

Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind surveys the central themes in philosophy of mind and places them in a historical and contemporary context intended to engage first-time readers in the field. It focuses on debates about the status and character of the mind and its seemingly subjective nature in an apparently more objective world.

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