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    Language transfer and positional bias in English stress
    (2020-06) Garcia, Guilherme Duarte
    This paper shows that L1 transfer may not be effectively maintained in the interlanguage due to confounding factors in the L2. When two factors, A and B, are correlated in the L2, second language learners may only acquire B, even if A is present in the L1. Transfer may not be effective because B, being more robust in the input, conceals A. Native speakers, on the other hand, generalize A in spite of B. The variables in question are weight-sensitivity (A) and positional bias (B) in English, both of which can predict the location of stress in the language. I show that two seemingly target-like groups of second language learners of English (speakers of Mandarin and speakers Portuguese) fail to accurately generalize weight-sensitivity in the language, and instead display response patterns which are predictable given the existing positional bias in English stress.
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    Fairy Tales Today
    (2015-07-01) Lucchi, Addison
    What is a modern fairy tale? Who should read these fairy tales? Why are reading fairy tales important? Fairy tales can come in many different forms and many different genres. Some fairy tales are written for children, some are written for adults, and some are written for readers of all ages. Stories like this are a very important part of a child’s development, and they continue to be important throughout our whole lives. While fairy stories can teach us valuable lessons, give us characters to relate to, and inspire us with wonder and joy, there are also certain dangers associated with reading fairy tales. Specifically, this paper will define the modern fairy tale and explain why it is still important today by referencing and expanding on quotes from the essays of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, G.K. Chesterton and George MacDonald.
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    You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Middletown (An Anthology)
    (2015-06-10) All, Kristal; Butler, Anna; Crawley, Rachel; Dionesotes, Christina; Hardin, Nate; Hollowell, Sarah; Hunley, Chris; Lorenzano, Johnna; Lynch, Cassie; Noll, Colin; Simmons, Jillian; Springman, Allison; Vollmer, Hannah; Wiseman, Lauryn; Wyant, Brooke; Young, Robert; Day, Cathy
    An anthology of 16 linked, researched stories about Middletown, Indiana, a fictional town created by the students in Professor Cathy Day's Spring 2015 ENG 444 Senior Seminar course, "Research and Fiction." This course is the capstone project in the Department of English and is comprised of students from all concentrations (Creative Writing, Literature, English Studies, Rhetoric & Writing, and English Education). The stories in this anthology were inspired by original historical research and the long tradition of Middletown Studies in Muncie, Indiana and at Ball State University that began with Robert and Helen Lynd's classic sociological case study, Middletown: A Study in Modern American Culture (1929).
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    Digital Literature Review, Spring 2015
    (2015) Ball State University, Department of English
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    Digital Literature Review, Spring 2014
    (2014) Ball State University, Department of English