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Mapping the mathematical langscape

Monaghan, Frank (2009). Mapping the mathematical langscape. In: Barwell, Richard ed. Multilingualism in Mathematics Classrooms: Global Perspectives. Bilingual Education and Bilingualism. Clevedon: Multilingual matters, pp. 14–31.

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Abstract

This chapter explores the nature of mathematical English found in a highly multilingual school in London, UK. Desriptions of mathematical English date back several decades (Halliday, 1978; Pimm, 1987). Monaghan argues that this earlier work would be enhanced by more systematic analysis of the regularities of mathematical English (or any other language for that matter) based on actual examples of language use. The tools for such an analysis have been developed to a high degree of sophistication in corpus linguistics. Monaghan describes how this kind of analysis works and how it can be used in multilingual classrooms. He shows how the results of corpus analysis can inform practice, such as in the development of new resources for multilingual learners of mathematics.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Copyright Holders: 2009 Multilingual matters
ISBN: 1-84769-204-4, 978-1-84769-204-7
Keywords: bilingual; mathematics; EAL; corpus;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Centre for Language and Communication
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 20899
Depositing User: Frank Monaghan
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2010 13:48
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 13:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20899
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