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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: Language Matters
Subtitle: A Guide to Everyday Questions About Language
Written By: Donna Jo Napoli
URL: www.us.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/Linguistics/TheEnglishLanguage/?view=usa&ci=0195160487
Description:

Is Ebonics a dialect or simply bad English? Do Eskimos really have different words for snow? Should the US be an English-only nation? Do women and men speak differently? Will computers ever truly learn human language? Virtually everyone feels they have a strong grip on most of these questions, but as Donna Jo Napoli points out in this short, accessible book, a lot of commonly-held conceptions about language are simply wrong.

Napoli provides an entertaining tour through the world of language, examining these and other vexing and controversial language-related questions. Throughout, she encourages and leads the reader to use common-sense and everyday experience rather than preconceived notions or technical linguistic expertise. Both her questions and her conclusions are surprising, sometimes provocative, and always entertaining. This volume is sure to engage both general readers and students of language and linguistics at any level.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0195155289
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240 pp
Prices: $55.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0195160487
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 240 pp
Prices: $16.95