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

ISBN-10: 0812980891
ISBN-13: 9780812980899
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau
Author(s): Arika Okrent
Publication Date: 2010-05-11

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...Read More

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 invented languages that represent the hard work, high hopes, and full-blown delusions of so many misguided souls over the centuries. With intelligence and humor, Arika Okrent has written a truly original and enlightening book for all word freaks, grammar geeks, and plain old language lovers.
 

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The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language

ISBN-10: 006052085X
ISBN-13: 9780060520854
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Author(s): John McWhorter
Publication Date: 2003-01

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...Read More

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 ever-changing human environment.

Full of humor and imaginative insight, The Power of Babel draws its illustrative examples from languages around the world, including pidgins, Creoles, and nonstandard dialects.


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Linguistics For Dummies

ISBN-10: 1118091698
ISBN-13: 9781118091692
Publisher: For Dummies
Author(s): Rose-Marie Dechaine, Strang Burton, Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson
Publication Date: 2012-03-06

The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the sciencebehind human language

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language.Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how theyfunction, how they affect society, and how humans learn language.From understanding other...Read More

The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the sciencebehind human language

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language.Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how theyfunction, how they affect society, and how humans learn language.From understanding other languages to teaching computers tocommunicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society.Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-levelintroductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence,knowledge, and know-how to score your highest.

Understand the science behind human languageGrasp how language is constructedScore your highest in college-level linguistics

If you're enrolled in an introductory linguistics course orsimply have a love of human language, Linguistics ForDummies is your one-stop resource for unlocking the science ofthe spoken word.


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Essential Linguistics, Second Edition: What Teachers Need to Know to Teach ESL, Reading, Spelling, and Grammar

ISBN-10: 0325050937
ISBN-13: 9780325050935
Publisher: Heinemann
Author(s): David E Freeman, Yvonne S Freeman
Publication Date: 2014-08-05

The bestselling first edition of Essential Linguistics presented the basic concepts of linguistics in everyday language, and showed the connections between linguistic theory and classroom practice. David and Yvonne Freeman make the Second Edition even more valuable by:

clearly explaining...Read More

The bestselling first edition of Essential Linguistics presented the basic concepts of linguistics in everyday language, and showed the connections between linguistic theory and classroom practice. David and Yvonne Freeman make the Second Edition even more valuable by:

clearly explaining English phonology, morphology, and syntax and the implications for teaching

using the International Phonetic Alphabet to prepare students for the Praxis examination

including chapters on first and second language acquisition research and theories

reviewing ESL teaching methods.

With examples, activities, and end-of-chapter applications that link linguistic theory and classroom practice, the Freemans show teachers how to use their new understandings of linguistics to help student learning. Essential Linguistics, Second Edition will be your go-to resource for all things linguistics, now better than ever.


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Linguistics--A Complete Introduction: A Teach Yourself Guide

ISBN-10: 1444180320
ISBN-13: 9781444180329
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Author(s): David Hornsby
Publication Date: 2014-08-26

What you need to know about linguistics

Linguistics―A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that you are expected to be confident in, outlines the basics in clear jargon-free English, and provides...Read More

What you need to know about linguistics

Linguistics―A Complete Introduction is designed to give you everything you need to succeed, all in one place. It covers the key areas that you are expected to be confident in, outlines the basics in clear jargon-free English, and provides helpful features like summaries of key books and possible exam questions.
The book uses a structure that mirrors many university courses on linguistics―with separate chapters focusing on linguistic thought, syntax, sound systems, morphology, semantics, pragmatics, language acquisition, and much more.


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Historical Linguistics: An Introduction (The MIT Press)

ISBN-10: 026251849X
ISBN-13: 9780262518499
Publisher: The MIT Press
Author(s): Lyle Campbell
Publication Date: 2013-03-22

The new edition of a comprehensive, accessible, and hands-on text in historical linguistics, revised and expanded to reflect recent developments in the field.

This accessible, hands-on textbook not only introduces students to the important topics in historical linguistics but also shows...Read More

The new edition of a comprehensive, accessible, and hands-on text in historical linguistics, revised and expanded to reflect recent developments in the field.

This accessible, hands-on textbook not only introduces students to the important topics in historical linguistics but also shows them how to apply the methods described and how to think about the issues. Abundant examples and exercises allow students to focus on how to do historical linguistics. The book is distinctive for its integration of the standard topics with others now considered important to the field, including syntactic change, grammaticalization, sociolinguistic contributions to linguistic change, distant genetic relationships, areal linguistics, and linguistic prehistory. It also offers a defense of the family tree model, a response to recent claims on lexical diffusion/frequency, and a section on why languages diversify and spread. Examples are taken from a broad range of languages; those from the more familiar English, French, German, and Spanish make the topics more accessible, while those from non-Indo-European languages show the depth and range of the concepts they illustrate.

This third edition includes new material based on the latest developments in the field, increased coverage of computational approaches, and additional exercises. Many of the chapters have been revised or expanded, with new coverage of such topics as morphological change, language families, language isolates, language diversity, the Romani migration case, and misconceptions in recent work about historical linguistics. New for this edition is a downloadable instructor's manual with answers to exercises.


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

ISBN-10: 0805080120
ISBN-13: 9780805080124
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks
Author(s): Guy Deutscher
Publication Date: 2006-05-01

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...Read More

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 level of "man throw spear," how did we end up with sophisticated grammars, enormous vocabularies, and intricately nuanced degrees of meaning?

Drawing on recent groundbreaking discoveries in modern linguistics, Deutscher exposes the elusive forces of creation at work in human communication, giving us fresh insight into how language emerges, evolves, and decays. He traces the evolution of linguistic complexity from an early "Me Tarzan" stage to such elaborate single-word constructions as the Turkish sehirlilestiremediklerimizdensiniz ("you are one of those whom we couldn't turn into a town dweller"). Arguing that destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined, Deutscher shows how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, new structures, and new meanings.

As entertaining as it is erudite, The Unfolding of Language moves nimbly from ancient Babylonian to American idiom, from the central role of metaphor to the staggering triumph of design that is the Semitic verb, to tell the dramatic story and explain the genius behind a uniquely human faculty.


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Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication, 6th edition (The MIT Press)

ISBN-10: 0262513706
ISBN-13: 9780262513708
Publisher: The MIT Press
Author(s): Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer, Robert M. Harnish
Publication Date: 2010-03-26

A new edition a popular introductory linguistics text, thoroughly updated and revised, with new material and new examples.

This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as...Read More

A new edition a popular introductory linguistics text, thoroughly updated and revised, with new material and new examples.

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 structural and interpretive parts of language as morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics, then takes a cognitive perspective and covers such topics as pragmatics, psychology of language, language acquisition, and language and the brain. For this sixth edition, all chapters have been revised. New material includes updated examples, new special topics sections, and new discussions of the minimalist program, semantic minimalism, human genetic relationships and historical relationships among languages, Gricean theories, experimental pragmatics, and language acquisition.

The organization of the book gives instructors flexibility in designing their courses. Chapters have numerous subsections with core material presented first and additional material following as special topics. The accompanying workbook supplements the text with exercises drawn from a variety of languages. The goal is to teach basic conceptual foundations of linguistics and the methods of argumentation, justification, and hypothesis testing within the field. By presenting the most fundamental linguistics concepts in detail, the text allows students to get a feeling for how real work in different areas of linguistics is done.


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On Language: Chomsky's Classic Works Language and Responsibility and Reflections on Language in One Volume

ISBN-10: 1565844750
ISBN-13: 9781565844759
Publisher: New Press
Author(s): Noam Chomsky, Mitsou Ronat
Publication Date: 1998-11-01

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...Read More

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 most informal and accessible work to date, making it an ideal introduction to his thought.

In Part I, Language and Responsibility (1979), Chomsky presents a fascinating self-portrait of his political, moral, and linguistic thinking through a series of interviews with Mitsou Ronat, the noted French linguist. In Part II, Reflections on Language (1975), Chomsky explores the more general implications of the study of language and offers incisive analyses of the controversies among psychologists, philosophers, and linguists over fundamental questions of language.



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Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages

ISBN-10: 0312610491
ISBN-13: 9780312610494
Publisher: Picador
Author(s): Guy Deutscher
Publication Date: 2011-08-30

A New York Times Editor's Choice
An Economist Best Book of 2010
A Financial Times Best Book of 2010
A Library Journal Best Book of 2010

The debate is ages old: Where does language come from? Is it an artifact of our culture or written in our very DNA? In recent years, the leading...Read More

A New York Times Editor's Choice
An Economist Best Book of 2010
A Financial Times Best Book of 2010
A Library Journal Best Book of 2010

The debate is ages old: Where does language come from? Is it an artifact of our culture or written in our very DNA? In recent years, the leading linguists have seemingly settled the issue: all languages are fundamentally the same and the particular language we speak does not shape our thinking in any significant way. Guy Deutscher says they're wrong. From Homer to Darwin, from Yale to the Amazon, and through a strange and dazzling history of the color blue, Deutscher argues that our mother tongues do indeed shape our experiences of the world. Audacious, delightful, and provocative, Through the Language Glass is destined to become a classic of intellectual discovery.


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