James Lambert

James Lambert
Charles Darwin University | CDU

PhD

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Introduction
James Lambert is an independent scholar formerly at the English Language and Literature Department, National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore. James does research in Lexicography and World Englishes. He is a member of the project 'Improving Disciplinary Literacy by Developing Vocabulary and Grammatical Profiles.'

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This chapter presents an overview of the lexicographical resources for the majority of Asian English varieties. It brings together details of all the available lexicons of the Englishes in the Asian region, dealing first with colonial‐era lexicons before assessing dictionaries as are available for contemporary varieties of Asian English. The chapte...
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This special guest blog looks into the etymology of one of Australia’s quintessential slang words: "bonzer" and with it a variety of associated terms. Based on extensive research and a large dataset of citational material, "bonzer" - despite its iconic position in Australian slang - is found to be a term of New Zealand origin.
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This paper reports on a promising methodology for multilingualism studies that was trialled at the National Institute of Education (NIE) on the campus of Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, in 2018. The methodology named the Aural-Oral Transect (AOT) is a systematic, easy-to-implement, unbiased way of collecting quantitative data on...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Biology. We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful studen...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Chemistry We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful stude...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Geography. We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful stud...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): History. We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful studen...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Economics We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful stude...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): English We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful student...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Mathematics We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful stu...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): Physics We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! I hope they are helpful student...
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The Secondary Phrase List (SPL): List of Core Phrases. We have produced a set of corpus-based resources for developing disciplinary literacy. The Secondary Phrase Lists are a set of discipline-specific lists of phrases with part of speech information derived from a corpus of 8 secondary school subjects. Please use and distribute! We hope they are h...
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The current research contributes a series of discipline-specific wordlists for secondary school education, the Secondary School Vocabulary Lists (SVL), covering eight core subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Further, the SVL goes beyond wordlists alone in developing accompanying word family...
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The current research contributes a series of discipline-specific wordlists for secondary school education, the Secondary School Vocabulary Lists (SVL), covering eight core subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Further, the SVL goes beyond wordlists alone in developing accompanying word family...
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The current research contributes a series of discipline-specific wordlists for secondary school education, the Secondary School Vocabulary Lists (SVL), covering eight core subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Further, the SVL goes beyond wordlists alone in developing accompanying word family...
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The current research contributes a series of discipline-specific wordlists for secondary school education, the Secondary School Vocabulary Lists (SVL), covering eight core subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, History, Mathematics, and Physics. Further, the SVL goes beyond wordlists alone in developing accompanying word family...
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The knowledge of academic vocabulary is crucial for educational success, and recently there has been a push amongst teachers and researchers to assist students at the pre-tertiary level to develop their disciplinary literacy and understanding of how academic English varies across disciplines. EAP research has developed advanced methods for producin...
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Review of "The Australian National Dictionary: Australian Words and their Origins" by Bruce Moore, 2016.
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Yule and Burnell’s famous Anglo-Indian glossary "Hobson-Jobson" was first published in 1886 and thence updated by William Crooke in 1903. It is still widely available today, and despite the fact that its contents are over a century out of date, it is still used as a reference work for Indian English. Since its publication it has generally received...
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This article deals with the lexicography of Anglo-Indian English; specifically it examines both past and contemporary work in the style of dictionary known as the ‘dictionary on historical principles’. This type of dictionary is commonly viewed as the pinnacle of the western lexicographical tradition and for world Englishes scholars wishing to find...
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The present paper deals with portmanteau terms based on the word English, the bulk of which form a varied and extensive nomenclature used to describe hybrids of the English language with other languages. A citation database of over 3,500 entries was created containing 510 separate terms dating from the early 20th century to mid-2016. These figures...
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Review of Bernaisch: The Lexis and Lexicogrammar of Sri Lankan English (2015).
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The present paper deals with portmanteau terms based on the word English, the bulk of which form a varied and extensive nomenclature used to describe hybrids of the English language with other languages. A citation database of over 3,500 entries was created containing 510 separate terms dating from the early 20th century to mid-2016. These figures...
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Central to the concept of Student Voice is the communication of student feedback to educators. Feedback can assume a great variety of forms, and effectiveness and appropriacy of different feedback methods may vary. This research investigates student perceptions of two traditional feedback methods—pen-and-paper questionnaires and oral question-and-a...
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Due to the great variety of life on Earth and the human propensity to give names to practically all other lifeforms, the recording of names for items of flora and fauna presents an ever-present challenge to lexicographers. Despite this, there is very little discussion of this subject in the metalexicographical literature. This paper examines this t...
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In the late 1930s two British commentators, A.F. Kindersley and R.C. Goffin, published articles on various linguistic features (semantic, grammatical, orthographical, and phonological) of the English language as used in India. These two glossaries offer a valuable insight into late-Raj Indian English. In order to assess the extent of change over th...
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Since Yule and Burnell’s first edition of their glossary of Anglo-Indian English in 1886, the term ‘Hobson-Jobson’ has been part of the English language. It was already an established Anglo-Indian English word, but was given a new life, and new meanings, by Yule and Burnell. Accounts of the word in both lexicography and popular works are still almo...
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University of Melbourne historian Joy Damousi's Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840-1940 is an examination of the imperial spread of English from the Australian perspective, taking as its focus the key role voice culture, elocution and eloquence played in the civilising mission of the British Empire and how this impacte...
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Indian English is one of the most important and widely-spoken varieties of English, and yet at present the pinnacle of lexicographical treatment of the variety remains the well-renowned and much feted Hobson Jobson , originally published in 1886, with a second edition in 1903. British English has the Oxford , American English the Webster’s , Austra...
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In her 1989 essay, “Fanny’s Fanny: Epistolarity, Eroticism, and the Transsexual Text,” Julia Epstein states that “[n]umerous commentators have pointed out” that the name Fanny Hill “literally means mons veneris” and that John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1748–49) has “come to be known ‘simply’ as Fanny Hill in part as acknowledgement o...

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An on-going project to simultaneously (a) keep "Green's Dictionary of Slang" up-to-date with new slang lexis, (b) to add missing historical slang lexis (especially focusing on Australian slang), and (c) to improve current entries through more extensive research, especially with regards to antedatings and etymological explorations
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This project involves the analysis of a principled corpus of a wide range of textbooks used in Singapore classrooms across different disciplines and year levels. This data will constitute a (temporary) corpus that will be used to create profiles of the representative vocabulary and grammatical patterns of the subject areas in Singapore schools. Using this information, the goal is to improve disciplinary literacy by producing list and curriculum material containing the key grammar, lexis, and discourse that students encounter as they progress over their school years, and consequently need to master. Disciplinary Literacy involves developing a student's knowledge of the linguistic patterns in which the important concepts in a field of study are presented. Further, the goal of this research project is to describe language across the different disciplines, which has not been done from using a data-mining approach previously.
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PI: Green Clarence Gerald The goal of this research project is to describe language across the different disciplines, and produce academic vocabulary resources. Please see: Green, C., & Lambert, J. (2018). Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 35, 105-115.