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Christopher M Salisbury

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I can answer almost any question within the field of second language acquisition (SLA) and pedagogical theories in second language teaching.

Experience in the area

As part of my MA in linguistics, I have taken several classes in SLA and as well, I have been a teacher and tutor of English and English as a second language (ESL).


I have a BA in English and an MA in linguistics.

What do you like about this subject?

I became interested in linguistics after taking a syntax course at the University of Nevada, Reno. It was then and there I first learned of X-bar theory and I was hooked! From there I became deeply interested in critical discourse analysis, CDA, and continue to focus my studies onto this branch of linguistics.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There is still so much to learn regarding linguistics, that I could spend the rest of my life and still not know/understand it all.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Parents; you do not teach your children how to speak!

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Recent Answers from Christopher M Salisbury

2015-06-04 Passed/past:

It's confusing because "past" can be an adjective, an adverb a noun or a preposition.  To make it easy, remember that you can only have one verb per clause/sentence.  In your example, "walked" is the main

2015-04-07 meaning:

As you might know, beautiful is an adjective, and as such, it describes or modifies nouns.  In the case you have presented, you are referring not just to flowers in general, but garden flowers in particular

2015-01-24 RESENT - Ajectives/tense forms:

All things, living or non-, can be -ing.    Brian is boring.  The book is boring.    Brian is living, the book is non-living.    Only living things can be -ed.    Brian is bored.  The book is bored. X

2015-01-21 background...:

There are several different thoughts about what should be in an introductory paragraph and what should be in the body of the essay and it is usually up to the instructor to inform the student what he or

2015-01-06 The definite article:

English has flexible rules so you should not get hung up on what is supposed to be or not supposed to be.  There is a difference between what is known as descriptive and prescriptive grammar. The book


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