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Books: General/Theoretical Linguistics

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  1. Coleman, Sarah, General/Theoretical Linguistics

Message 1: General/Theoretical Linguistics

Date: Wed, 13 Feb 2002 10:31:58 -0500
From: Coleman, Sarah <>
Subject: General/Theoretical Linguistics


Language, Bananas and Bonobos
Neil Smith, University College London

How can people who are both blind and deaf communicate? What makes
Woody Allen funny? Is it normal to hear colors and see sounds? If
questions like these have puzzled you, this book of essays on the
nature of language will quench your curiosity.
Language pervades every aspect of life. It is essential to everyone
everywhere - from politicians to poets, philosophers to pharmacists -
yet linguistics is often forbidding. This collection of short,
accessible essays changes that. Language, Bananas, and Bonobos
presents a series of engaging reflections on concerns such as our
knowledge and use of language, political correctness, and the
linguistic abilities of chimpanzees. In doing so, the volume provides
new insights into this subject of universal interest.


1. How to be the Center of the Universe.

Part I: Problems:
2. Tadoma.
3. Putting a Banana in Your Ear.
4. A Fragment of Genius.
5. Colourful Language.
6. The Structure of Noise.
7. Dissociations.

Part II: Puzzles:
8. Puzzle.
9. PC.
10. Acquired Whining.
11. Godshit.
12. The Golem.
13. $.

Part III: Polemics:
14. Bonobos.
15. Whales, Sunflowers and the Evolution of Language.
16. Jackdaws, Sex and Language Acquisition.
17. Does Chomsky Exist?
18. Relentless Jollity, Inexorable Logic and the Nature of Mind.
19. Structural Eccentricities.
20. The Velarity of Linguists.

HB: 0-631-22871-3 $54.95/�40
PB: 0-631-22872-1 $21.95/�11.99
160 pp / December 2001

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