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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: Narrative Gravity
Subtitle: Conversation, Cognition, Culture
Written By: Rukmini Bhaya Nair
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"This remarkable book builds on Chomsky's key insight that language provides an inbuilt key to our identity as a symbol using species. To the role of grammar as a cognitive tool enabling us to construct 'selves', Nair adds a second tool in the realm of discourse: narrative. She has a wonderfully subtle account of the psychology of narrative as a 'species of natural theory'. Nair's work is not yet very well known in the United States but I anticipate that with this book she will be recognized as a major figure."--Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University "Nair's brilliant study of narrative combines anthropological and sociolinguistic perspectives with cognitive ones to bring out the magical impulses that animate this genre."--Michael J. Toolan, University of Birmingham, author of Narrative: A Critical Linguistic Introduction

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Literary Stylistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195657004
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 338 pp
Prices: $19.95