How Languages Work

How Languages Work

A fully revised introduction to language in use, containing in-depth language profiles, case studies, and online multimedia resources.

Author: Carol Genetti

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108470148

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 675

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A fully revised introduction to language in use, containing in-depth language profiles, case studies, and online multimedia resources.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

How Language Works

How Language Works

In this fascinating survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work, David Crystal answers every question you might ever have had about the nuts and bolts of language in his usual highly illuminating way.

Author: David Crystal

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141911731

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 512

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In this fascinating survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work, David Crystal answers every question you might ever have had about the nuts and bolts of language in his usual highly illuminating way. Along the way we find out about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we’re from and even who we want to be.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Native Grammar

Native Grammar

This reference guide offers a unique trip through the world of grammar for enthusiasts of linguistics and students of foreign languages.28 activities and 6 detailed review tests covering a wide range of languages.

Author: Joshua Rudder

Publisher:

ISBN: 1448614007

Category:

Page: 240

View: 536

Learn how grammar works in any language through engaging explanations, clear examples and plenty of hands-on exercises. Seven graded chapters introduce the major properties of words and word classes, including nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, particles and how to put them together. Lots of examples from world languages (Hawaiian, Chinese, Spanish, Navajo, Maltese, Luiseño and more).Learn all about key concepts in the linguistic fields of morphology and syntax, including morphemes and allomorphs, noun cases, pronoun persons, verb tenses, aspects and moods, focus and transitivity, and many others. Interesting examples and informative insights drawn from the careful study of foreign languages. This reference guide offers a unique trip through the world of grammar for enthusiasts of linguistics and students of foreign languages.28 activities and 6 detailed review tests covering a wide range of languages. Appendix with answers to every exercise and review exam. Glossary with all key terms defined. Maps showing major world language families mentioned in the course. Index.
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How Biblical Languages Work

How Biblical Languages Work

Students who read this book before taking first year Hebrew and/or Greek should find the task of learning the language(s) much less painful and tedious than it would be otherwise.

Author: Peter James Silzer

Publisher: Kregel Academic

ISBN: 0825495938

Category: Religion

Page: 258

View: 765

A practical and easy-to-understand guide to the logical structure of both Hebrew and Greek. Ideal for biblical language students.
Categories: Religion

How Language Works

How Language Works

Author: John McWhorter

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 9780062572349

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 256

View: 238

Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

How Dead Languages Work

How Dead Languages Work

This volume celebrates six such languages - Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Old Irish, and Biblical Hebrew - by first introducing readers to their most distinctive features, then showing how these linguistic traits play out in ...

Author: Coulter H. George

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192594136

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 412

What could Greek poets or Roman historians say in their own language that would be lost in translation? After all, different languages have different personalities, and this is especially clear with languages of the ancient and medieval world. This volume celebrates six such languages - Ancient Greek, Latin, Old English, Sanskrit, Old Irish, and Biblical Hebrew - by first introducing readers to their most distinctive features, then showing how these linguistic traits play out in short excerpts from actual ancient texts. It explores, for instance, how Homer's Greek shows signs of oral composition, how Horace achieves striking poetic effects through interlaced word order in his Latin, and how the poet of Beowulf attains remarkable intensity of expression through the resources of Old English. But these are languages that have shared connections as well. Readers will see how the Sanskrit of the Rig Veda uses words that come from roots found also in English, how turns of phrase characteristic of the Hebrew Bible found their way into English, and that even as unusual a language as Old Irish still builds on common Indo-European linguistic patterns. Very few people have the opportunity to learn these languages, and they can often seem mysterious and inaccessible: drawing on a lucid and engaging writing style and with the aid of clear English translations throughout, this book aims to give all readers, whether scholars, students, or interested novices, an aesthetic appreciation of just how rich and varied they are.
Categories: Literary Criticism

How Languages Work

How Languages Work

Author: Waldo E. Sweet

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015062414092

Category: Language and languages

Page: 17

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Categories: Language and languages

Language

Language

An expert, accessible study, this book asks and answers fundamental questions about how language works, its regional variations, and its cultural and historical roles.

Author: Edward Sapir

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486437446

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 200

View: 679

An expert, accessible study, this book asks and answers fundamental questions about how language works, its regional variations, and its cultural and historical roles. The author relates linguistic issues to a broad spectrum of other areas, including the part played by language in the nature of thought and in artistic expression. No finer introduction to the subject exists, and this work's direct style and thought-provoking topics extend its appeal beyond the classroom.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistic Typology

Linguistic Typology

Jae Jung Song proposes to introduce the undergraduate reader to the subject, with discussion of topics which include - what is language typology and why is it studied; word order; language sampling; relative clauses; diachronic typology; ...

Author: Jae Jung Song

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317883432

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 432

View: 180

Language typology is the study of the structural similarities between languages regardless of their history, to establish a classification or typology of languages. It is a core topic of historical linguistics and is studied on all traditional linguistics degree courses. In recent years there has been increased interest the subject and it is an area we have been looking to commission a book in. Jae Jung Song proposes to introduce the undergraduate reader to the subject, with discussion of topics which include - what is language typology and why is it studied; word order; language sampling; relative clauses; diachronic typology; and applications of language typology. There will also be discussion of the most prominent areas of research in the subject and readers will be able to review data selected from a wide range of languages to see how languages work and how differently they behave.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistics

Linguistics

Based on the bestselling Dutch edition of this work, the English edition has been revised and expanded to offer an up-to-date and engaging survey of linguistics for students new to the field.

Author: Anne E. Baker

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780631230366

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 468

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Linguistics is a comprehensive crosslinguistic introduction to the study of language, and is ideal for students with no background in linguistics. A comprehensive introduction to the study of language, set apart by its inclusion of cross-linguistic data from over 80 different spoken and signed languages Explores how language works by examining discourse, sentence-structure, meaning, words, and sounds Introduces psycholinguistic and sociolinguistic issues, including language acquisition, neurolinguistics, language variation, language change, language contact, and multilingualism Written in a problem-oriented style to engage readers, and is ideal for those new to the subject Incorporates numerous student-friendly features throughout, including extensive exercises, summaries, assignments, and suggestions for further reading Based on the bestselling Dutch edition of this work, the English edition has been revised and expanded to offer an up-to-date and engaging survey of linguistics for students new to the field
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Are Some Languages Better Than Others

Are Some Languages Better Than Others

This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others?

Author: R. M. W. Dixon

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198766810

Category:

Page: 208

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This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Can we say, for instance, that because German has three genders and French only two, German is a better language in this respect? Jarawara, spoken in the Amazonian jungle, has two ways of showing possession: one for a part (e.g. 'Father's foot') and the other for something which is owned and can be given away or sold (e.g. 'Father's knife'); is it thus a better language than English, which marks all possession in the same way? R. M. W. Dixon begins by outlining what he feels are the essential components of any language, such as the ability to pose questions, command actions, and provide statements. He then discusses desirable features including gender agreement, tenses, and articles, before concluding with his view of what the ideal language would look like - and an explanation of why it does not and probably never will exist. Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, and full of personal anecdotes and unusual linguistic phenomena, the book will be of interest to all general language enthusiasts as well as to a linguistics student audience, and particularly to anyone with an interest in linguistic typology.
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For the Love of Language

For the Love of Language

This text offers a comprehensive introduction to how language works and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design.

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ISBN: 9781107618831

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Fluent Forever

Fluent Forever

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • For anyone who wants to learn a foreign language, this is the method that will finally make the words stick. “A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages.”—Gary Marcus, cognitive ...

Author: Gabriel Wyner

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 9780385348102

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 336

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • For anyone who wants to learn a foreign language, this is the method that will finally make the words stick. “A brilliant and thoroughly modern guide to learning new languages.”—Gary Marcus, cognitive psychologist and author of the New York Times bestseller Guitar Zero At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently. He didn’t learn them in school—who does? Rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources—and here he wants to show others what he’s discovered. Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You’ll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you’ll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you’ll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Introducing Language in the Workplace

Introducing Language in the Workplace

This introductory textbook summarises key topics from up-to-date workplace discourse research, with over 160 international examples.

Author: Bernadette Vine

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108498944

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 350

View: 693

This introductory textbook summarises key topics from up-to-date workplace discourse research, with over 160 international examples.
Categories: Business & Economics

Language and the Mind

Language and the Mind

Drawing on a wide range of real material and examples, John Field offers an introductory text for students of psycholinguistics. He covers topics such as language and the mind, and vocabulary and language processing.

Author: John Field

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415341868

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 147

View: 620

Drawing on a wide range of real material and examples, John Field offers an introductory text for students of psycholinguistics. He covers topics such as language and the mind, and vocabulary and language processing.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Advanced Language Construction

Advanced Language Construction

Create plausible and realistic languages for role-playing games, fantasy and science fiction, movies or video games, or international communication.

Author: Mark Rosenfelder

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 1478267534

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 278

View: 858

The sequel to the Language Construction Kit: learn more about constructed languages and about linguistics: logic, pidgins and creoles, sign languages, the linguistic life cycle, and a meaty step-by-step survey of morphosyntax. Create detailed and plausible languages for RPGs, fantasy and science fiction, movies, or video games... or just learn more about how languages work with the same accurate yet fun approach as the original LCK.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language and Mind

Language and Mind

Presents a collection of essays on language and mind. This book brings the author's influential approach into the twenty-first century.

Author: Noam Chomsky

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521858194

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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Presents a collection of essays on language and mind. This book brings the author's influential approach into the twenty-first century. The chapters 1-6 present his early work on the nature and acquisition of language as a genetically-endowed, biological system, the rules and principles of which we acquire an internalized knowledge.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Multilingual Mind

The Multilingual Mind

"This book is the first detailed description of a particular theoretical framework for studying language development and language performance.

Author: Michael Sharwood Smith

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107040854

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 430

View: 113

"This book is the first detailed description of a particular theoretical framework for studying language development and language performance. The framework is called MOGUL (Modular On-line Growth and Use of Language). It has been the topic of numerous publications and presentations since the appearance of our 2004 keynote article in Bilingualism: Language & Cognition. MOGUL is not just about how a language grows in the individual child: it is about how the mind expands to accommodate more than one language both in childhood and later in life and how these various linguistic systems share space and interact"--
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Psycholinguistics 101

Psycholinguistics 101

This book introduces the reader to the basic issues in psycholinguistic research, including its history and the methodologies typically employed in these studies.

Author: H. Wind Cowles

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 0826115624

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

View: 345

"[This book] opens a window into the process of psycholinguistics, pulling together classic and cutting-edge research from a number of different areas to provide an engaging and insightful introduction to the study of language processing. Psycholinguistics 101 is sure to hook students with its enthusiasm as it provides a clear introduction to the modern research in this field." Maria Polinsky, PhD Harvard University How is language represented in the brain? How do we understand ambiguous language? How carefully do we really listen to speakers? How is sign language similar to and different from spoken language? How does having expertise in multiple languages work? Answering these questions and more, Psycholinguistics 101 provides an introduction to how language is stored and processed by mind and brain. The study of psycholinguistics incorporates interdisciplinary research from psychology, linguistics, computer science, neuroscience, and cognitive science. By understanding the processes that underlie language ability, we can help develop more effective ways to teach languages and understand differences in reading abilities. This book introduces the reader to the basic issues in psycholinguistic research, including its history and the methodologies typically employed in these studies. Key topics discussed include information flow, language representation, and sign language.
Categories: Psychology

Catching Language

Catching Language

This book is of interest to descriptive linguists, typologists, and formal linguists.

Author: Felix K. Ameka

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110186031

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 662

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Despite a recent surge of awareness of the need to document little-known languages, there is no book that focusses on the manifold issues that face the author of a descriptive grammar. This volume brings together contributors who approach the problem from a range of angles.Most have written descriptive grammars themselves, but others represent different types of reader. Among the topics they address are: overall issues of grammar design, the complementary roles of outsider and native speaker grammarians, the balance between grammar and lexicon, cross-linguistic comparability, the role of explanation in grammatical description, the interplay of theory and a range of fieldwork methods in language description, the challenges of describing languages in their cultural and historical context, and the tensions between linguistic particularity, established practice of particular schools of linguistic description and the need for a universally commensurable analytic framework.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines