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Evolutionary Syntax

By Ljiljana Progovac

This book "outlines novel and testable hypotheses, contains extensive examples from many different languages" and is "presented in accessible language, with more technical discussion in footnotes."


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The Making of Vernacular Singapore English

By Zhiming Bao

This book "proposes a new theory of contact-induced grammatical restructuring" and "offers a new analytical approach to New English from a formal or structural perspective."


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Query Subject:   Mainstream language books
Author:   Katie Haegele
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   HELLO ALL. I'M A FORMER LINGUISTICS STUDENT AND I NOW WRITE A BOOK COLUMN FOR A NEWSPAPER. I'M TRYING TO COME UP WITH SOME BOOKS ON LANGUAGE THAT WOULD APPEAL TO A NON-ACADEMIC AUDIENCE. I'M THINKING OF MAINSTREAM BOOKS THATAREN'T DOPEY -- SOMEWHERE IN THE VICINITY OF WILLIAM SAFIRE OR GEOFFREY NUNBERG. I'D BE VERY APPRECIATIVE IF ANYONE HAS A MOMENT TO RESPOND WITH THEIR FAVORITE BOOKS; IF THEY'RE NEWER TITLES, ALL THE BETTER. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
LL Issue: 14.2014
Date posted: 23-Jul-2003