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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: The Signs of a Savant
Subtitle: Language Against the Odds
Written By: Neil Smith
Ianthi-Maria Tsimpli
Gary Morgan
Bencie Woll
Description:

Every once in a while nature gives us insight into the human condition by
providing us with a unique case whose special properties illuminate the
species as a whole. Christopher is such an example. Despite disabilities
which mean that everyday tasks are burdensome chores, Christopher is a
linguistic wonder who can read, write, speak, understand and translate more
than twenty languages. On some tests he shows a severely low IQ, hinting at
ineducability, yet his English language ability indicates an IQ in excess of
120 (a level more than sufficient to enter university). Christopher is a
savant, someone with an island of startling talent in a sea of inability.
This book documents his learning of British Sign Language, casting light on
the modularity of cognition, the modality neutrality of the language
faculty, the structure of memory, the grammar of signed language and the
nature of the human mind.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
Subject Language(s): British Sign Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521852277
ISBN-13: 9780521852272
Prices: U.S. $ 99.00
U.K. £ 60.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521617693
ISBN-13: 9780521617697
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 34.99