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The Unfolding of Language: An Evolutionary Tour of Mankind's Greatest Invention
Guy Deutscher

Holt Paperbacks, 2006

Blending the spirit of Eats, Shoots & Leaves with the science of The Language Instinct , an original inquiry into the development of that most essential-and mysterious-of human creations: Language Language is mankind's greatest invention-except, of course, that it was never invented." So begins linguist Guy Deutscher's enthralling investigation into the genesis and evolution of language. If we started off with rudimentary utterances on the ...


In the Land of Invented Languages: Adventures in Linguistic Creativity, Madness, and Genius
Arika Okrent

Spiegel & Grau, 2010

Here is the captivating story of humankind’s enduring quest to build a better language—and overcome the curse of Babel. Just about everyone has heard of Esperanto, which was nothing less than one man’s attempt to bring about world peace by means of linguistic solidarity. And every Star Trek fan knows about Klingon. But few people have heard of Babm, Blissymbolics, Loglan (not to be confused with Lojban), and the nearly nine hundred other ...


Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics, 11th Edition

Ohio State University Press, 2011

Since its inception, Language Files has become one of the most widely adopted, consulted, and authoritative introductory textbooks to linguistics ever written. The scope of the text makes it suitable for use in a wide range of courses, while its unique organization into student-friendly, self-contained sections allows for tremendous flexibility in course design.   The eleventh edition has been revised, clarified, and updated in many places. ...


Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech (Dover Language Guides)
Edward Sapir

Dover Publications, 2004

An expert, accessible study, this book asks and answers fundamental questions about how language works, its regional variations, and its cultural and historical roles. The author relates linguistic issues to a broad spectrum of other areas, including the part played by language in the nature of thought and in artistic expression. No finer introduction to the subject exists, and this work's direct style and thought-provoking topics extend its ...


Linguistics: Language Mastery! The Ultimate Information Book (Linguistics, Language, Semantics, Syntax, ...

Jr Kindle Publishing, 2014

Master the Art of Linguistics! Today only, get this Amazon #1 bestseller for just $2.99. Regularly priced at $4.99. Read on your PC, Mac, Smartphone, Tablet, or Kindle device. At present, the English language is considered as the most commonly spoken language all over the world. Yes, it is true that Mandarin Chinese have a lot more speakers compared to English but no other language is used in more areas in the world compared to ...


Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory
Bruce Hayes, Susan Curtiss, ...

Wiley-Blackwell, 2001

Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduate linguistics majors and first-year graduate students, by twelve major figures in the field, each bringing their expertise to one of the core areas of the field - morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition. In each section the book is concerned with discussing the underlying ...


Linguistics: An Introduction
William B. McGregor

Bloomsbury Academic, 2009

Linguistics is a fresh and contemporary introductory textbook for all students of linguistics and language studies. Firmly based around taught courses and catering to student needs, it addresses all the topics that a student will need in their initial and subsequent study of language. With key terms, further reading, questions at the end of each chapter, exercises and key paragraphs in stand-out boxes, this is a firmly pedagogic text that takes ...


Linguistics For Dummies
Rose-Marie Dechaine, Strang Burton, ...

For Dummies, 2012

The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human language Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical ...


The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
John McWhorter

Harper Perennial, 2003

There are approximately six thousand languages on Earth today, each a descendant of the tongue first spoken by Homo sapiens some 150,000 years ago. While laying out how languages mix and mutate over time, linguistics professor John McWhorter reminds us of the variety within the species that speaks them, and argues that, contrary to popular perception, language is not immutable and hidebound, but a living, dynamic entity that adapts itself to an ...


Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication, 6th edition
Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, ...

The MIT Press, 2010

This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as completely separate fields, the book shows how they interact. It provides a sound introduction to linguistic methodology while encouraging students to consider why people are intrinsically interested in language--the ultimate puzzle of the human mind. The text first treats such ...


On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume
Noam Chomsky, Mitsou Ronat

New Press, 1998

Two of Chomsky's most famous and accessible works available in an affordable and attractive edition. Described by the New York Times as "arguably the most important intellectual alive," Noam Chomsky is known throughout the world for his highly influential writings on language and politics. Featuring two of Chomsky's most popular and enduring books in one omnibus volume, On Language contains some of the noted linguist and political critic's ...


Course in General Linguistics (Open Court Classics)
Ferdinand de Saussure, Roy Harris

Open Court, 1998

The Cours de linguistique generale, reconstructed from students' notes after Saussure's death in 1913, founded modern linguistic theory by breaking the study of language free from a merely historical and comparativist approach. Saussure's new method, now known as Structuralism, has since been applied to such diverse areas as art, architecture, folklore, literary criticism, and philosophy.


Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
P. H. Matthews

Oxford University Press, 2003

Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Beginning at the 'arts' end of the subject with the common origins of languages, and finishing at the 'science' end with the newest discoveries regarding language in the brain, this stimulating guide covers all the major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle. About the ...


Contemporary Linguistics
William O'Grady, John Archibald, ...

Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009

Contemporary Linguistics is one of the most comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of linguistics, balancing engaging aspects of language study with solid coverage of the basics. Up-to-date scholarship, a direct approach, and a lucid writing style makes it appealing to instructors and beginning students alike and a resource that many students continue to use beyond the classroom.


Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English
John McWhorter

Gotham, 2009

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say “I am reading a catalog” instead of “I read a catalog”? Why do we say “do” at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Language distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history. Covering such ...


Introducing Linguistics: A Graphic Guide
R.L. Trask

Icon Books, 2005

Covering thinkers from Aristotle to Saussure and Chomsky, "Introducing Linguistics" reveals the rules and beauty that underlie language, our most human skill.


Essential Linguistics: What You Need to Know to Teach Reading, ESL, Spelling, Phonics, and Grammar
David E. Freeman, Yvonne Freeman

Heinemann, 2004

  Linguistics is much more than a study reserved for academicians. Linguistics has real-life applications to effective teaching–now more than ever. With the increased emphasis on phonemic awareness and phonics in the teaching of reading, teachers need to understand how language works. When teachers are familiar with basic linguistic concepts, they are better prepared to make decisions about how to teach reading, spelling, phonics, and ...


Linguistics for Non-Linguists: A Primer with Exercises (5th Edition)
Frank Parker, Kathryn Riley

Pearson, 2009

 Linguistics for Non-Linguists is a highly readable introductory text that presents students with the basic elements of linguistics in a clear and concise style that any beginner will understand.     This newly revised edition continues to expand on the success of earlier editions, taking a subject that is generally considered quite complicated and making it accessible to virtually anyone who requires a basic understanding of ...


The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
Steven Pinker

Penguin Books, 2008

This New York Times bestseller is an exciting and fearless investigation of language Bestselling author Steven Pinker possesses that rare combination of scientific aptitude and verbal eloquence that enables him to provide lucid explanations of deep and powerful ideas. His previous books?including the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Blank Slate ?have catapulted him into the limelight as one of today?s most important popular science writers. In ...


Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation
Ammon Shea

Perigee Trade, 2014

The author of Reading the OED presents an eye-opening look at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not. English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Whether you consider ...



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