Memory: Old News, Bad News, New News, Good News

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Earl W. Stevick, Lexington, Virginia

For quite a few years now, I've been exploring one aspect of the created
order: the way human beings learn new languages. I've been exploring first
of all for my own interest, but also for the interest of anyone who cares to look
over my shoulder. As part of this project, I once wrote a book called Memory,
Meaning, andMethod (Stevick, 1976). Now recently, sixteen years later, I've
been trying to update-or actually, to replace-the chapters on memory.
Needless to say this has required a lot of reading and a lot of head-scratching.
What I'd like to do today is to share with you some of my preliminary resultsthe
reformulations and the replacements that I'm working with right now.