This is a collection of Tim Johnsí popular Kibbitzers for language teaching and learning. Since his website is no longer available after he passed away in 2009, as his former PhD student, Iím hosting these pages for him, so that we can still all benefit from his wisdoms.

Dr Wang Lixun, Hong Kong

Tim Johnsí Kibbitzers

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This page allows you to kibbitz the discussions of language points (lexical, syntactic and discoursal) that take place in one-to-one consultations when students bring us their written drafts for discussion. In many cases the revision is supported by concordance data: in other cases it employs intuition: but in all cases it depends on the joint 'negotiation' of meaning by consultant and student.

Kibbitzer pages:

  1. Connotation: incessant v. steadfast (15th April 1996).
  2. Blending: as-clause & that-clause (29th April 1996).
  3. Collocation: take (on) a job (11th May 1996).
  4. Topicalisation: As to etc. (23rd May 1996).
  5. By v. Using (5th June 1996).
  6. Data: Singular or Plural? (16th June 1996 & 3rd March 1997).
  7. Logical Connectives: Reason-result or Part-whole? (26th June 1996).
  8. Illustrate v. Account for/Explain (17th July 1996).
  9. Can a superconductor expel a magnetic field? (29th July 1996).
  10. Population which or Population who? (26th August 1996).
  11. Predict v. Forecast (8th September 1996).
  12. Offering Insights (21st October 1996).
  13. Enable v. Facilitate (5th November 1996).
  14. Premature Evaluation (12th November 1996).
  15. Which Verb for the Adverb? (11th December 1996).
  16. Composing or Compiling Information? (17th February 1997).
  17. Closely related or Deeply related? (2nd March 1997).
  18. So far v. Hitherto (26th March 1997).
  19. The Overworked 'It' (Part One) (21st April 1997).
  20. Cross-reference of relative pronouns (25th April 1997).
  21. Reason to v. Reason for (4th May 1997).
  22. Structuring a list (14th May 1997).
  23. Improve (on) (29th May 1997).
  24. Cause v. lead to v. bring about (14th July 1997)
  25. Topic prominence (9th August 1997).
  26. In Fact (27th October 1997).
  27. Comparing Like with Like (23rd Novermber 1997).
  28. Facts and Ideas (15th December 1997).
  29. Making Measurements (22nd December 1997).
  30. Heavy Subjects (7th January 1998).
  31. Read widely v. widely read (14th January 1998).
  32. Academic Modesty (18th January 1998).
  33. By contrast, etc. (1st February 1998).
  34. Taking Part in Activities (14th February 1998).
  35. The Overworked 'It' (Part Two) (5th March 1998).
  36. Making a Transition (7th April 1998).
  37. Mention (29th April 1998).
  38. Starting from the Right Place (13th May 1998).
  39. Adding Feet to the Snake (18th May 1998).
  40. View (20th May 1998).
  41. It is recommended that ... (22nd May 1998).
  42. Emphatic 'do' (28th May 1998).
  43. Although ... but (5th June 1998)
  44. 'Same or worse than' (19th June 1998)
  45. Shortcomings v. shortfall (19th June 1998)
  46. Spelling checker problems (19th June 1998)
  47. Blending: oblique and subject (15th July 1998)
  48. The or no the? (1) (17th July 1998)
  49. In accordance with v. According to (31st July 1998)
  50. Pose (22nd October 1998)
  51. In turn (13th November 1998)
  52. Throwing Light On (7th December 1998)
  53. Structuring Complex Noun Groups (5th January 1999)
  54. Challenges and Opportunities (11th January 1999)
  55. Specificity (12th February 1999)
  56. Whose Argument? (18th February 1999)
  57. Topic & Comment (25th February 1999)
  58. The Overworked 'It' (Part Three) (15th March 1999)
  59. Discourage, Prevent etc. (19th April 1999)
  60. Cross-reference through Repetition (27th April 1999)
  61. What are tests for? (3rd June 1999)
  62. In terms of etc (22nd June 1999)
  63. Existence v. Presence (8th July 1999)
  64. Express (15th July 1999)
  65. Show an Increase/Decrease (5th November 1999)
  66. Hypothetical or Real? (10th November 1999)
  67. Too v. so (12th November 1999)
  68. Until now v. To date (12th January 2000)
  69. Connotations in Contrast (20th April 2000)
  70. Apology not needed (8th June 2000)
  71. Countering arguments by raising objections (20th June 2000)
  72. Describe that? (5th July 2000)
  73. Easy to be done (7th July 2000)
  74. Stress on (24th August 2000)
  75. The question remains (31st August 2000)
  76. Order of Events (1st September 2000)
  77. Predominate (September 2000)

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