The Learning of Ancient Languages as (super)Human Effort

Zeps, Dainis (2009) The Learning of Ancient Languages as (super)Human Effort. [Preprint]

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Problems around teaching ancient languages are discussed. It is suggested to assume that learning and teaching of languages require some superhuman effort. Author’s experience of teaching ancient languages and producing electronic educational tools both for text version and for Internet in Faculty of Theology in University of Latvia is described. Problems around cognitive models of reasoning and place of languages there are discussed.

Item Type:Preprint
Keywords:ancient languages, Biblical languages, teaching of languages, learning of languages, Internet tools for education, cognition
Subjects:Linguistics > Learnability
ID Code:6624
Deposited By:Zeps, Dainis
Deposited On:07 Sep 2009 11:21
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:57

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