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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Of Minds and Language
Subtitle: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country
Edited By: Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
Pello Salaburu
Juan Uriagereka
Description:

This book presents a state-of-the-art account of what we know and would
like to know about language, mind, and brain. Chapters by leading
researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, language acquisition,
cognitive neuroscience, comparative cognitive psychology, and evolutionary
biology are framed by an introduction and conclusion by Noam Chomsky, who
places the biolinguistic enterprise in an historical context and helps
define its agenda for the future.

The questions explored include:

What is our tacit knowledge of language?
What is the faculty of language?
How does it develop in the individual?
How is that knowledge put to use?
How is it implemented in the brain?
How did that knowledge emerge in the species?

The book includes the contributor's key discussions, which dramatically
bring to life their enthusiasm for the enterprise and skill in
communicating across disciplines. Everyone seriously interested in how
language works and why it works the way it does are certain to find, if not
all the answers, then a convincing, productive, and lively approach to the
endeavour.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Psycholinguistics
Language Acquisition
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199544662
ISBN-13: 9780199544660
Pages: 480
Prices: U.S. $ 50.00