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The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


From Silence to Voice

by Paola Della Valle Oratia Books (April 02, 2012)

Before the 1970s, Maori existed in New Zealand literature as figures created by Pakeha writers. The Maori renaissance of the 1970s changed all that. Fiction writers led by Ihimaera and Grace challenged earlier...


Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...


Proust and the Squid

by Maryanne Wolf Harper Perennial (August 01, 2017)

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself...


Raising Bilingual Children

by Maritere Rodriguez Bellas Atria Books (September 02, 2014)

For most immigrant parents in America today, raising bilingual children is not a choice or a decision, but rather a way of life. Yet teaching children their parents' native language often comes second to ensuring...


The Greek & Latin Roots of English

by Tamara M. Green Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

The Greek & Latin Roots of English approaches the study of Latin and Greek thematically: vocabulary is organized into various topics, from politics to philosophy, with chapters featuring cumulative exercises...


Invisible Language: Its Incalculable Significance for Philosophy

by Garth L. Hallett Lexington Books (March 06, 2014)

Invisible Language: Its Incalcuable Significance for Philosophy affirms that a greater awareness of language, philosophy's universal medium, could have altered the history of philosophy beyond recognition. Striking...


Willingness to Communicate in the Chinese EFL University Classroom: An Ecological Perspective

by Jian-E Peng Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

This book presents mixed-methods research into Chinese students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in an EFL classroom context. The interrelationships between WTC and motivation, communication confidence, learner...


The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context

by Mercedes Durham Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

In a world where an increasing amount of communication takes place in English among non-native speakers, this study presents data from email exchanges to provide the first examination of sociolinguistic competence...


Language, Migration and Social Inequalities: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work

by Alexandre Duchêne, Melissa Moyer & Dr. Celia Roberts Multilingual Matters (November 12, 2013)

Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as...


ZOUNDS!

by Mark Dunn & Sergio Aragones St. Martin's Griffin (October 21, 2013)

From Geronimo! to gesundheit to haminahamina to holy mackerel, and from abracadabra to zoinks, Mark Dunn and Sergio Aragonés show you interjections like you've never seen them before.

Often thought of as unnecessary...


Yiddish Given Names: A Lexicon

by Rella Israly Cohn Scarecrow Press (September 05, 2008)

This is a lexicon of Yiddish given names, preceded by four chapters of material that explains the lexical conventions, the historical environment, and the research applicable to this subject.


Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages

by Prof. Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2008)

This volume accounts for the motives for contemporary lexical borrowing from English, using a comparative approach and a broad cross-cultural perspective. It investigates the processes involved in the penetration...


Identity and Language Learning: Extending the Conversation

by Prof. Bonny Norton Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

Identity and Language Learning draws on a longitudinal case study of immigrant women in Canada to develop new ideas about identity, investment, and imagined communities in the field of language learning and...


Much Ado About Nonexistence: Fiction and Reference

by Avrum Stroll & Hatem Rushdy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 26, 2007)

Fiction, Reference, and Nonexistence contains a new, contemporary theory of fiction and discusses the connection between language and reality. Martinich and Stroll, two of America's leading philosophers, explore...


Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms

by Dr. Neomy Storch Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

In this first book-length treatment of collaborative writing in second language (L2) classrooms, Neomy Storch provides a theoretical, pedagogical and empirical rationale for the use of collaborative writing...


Archaeology, Language, and the African Past

by Roger Blench AltaMira Press (June 22, 2006)

Scholarly work that attempts to match linguistic and archaeological evidence in precolonial Africa


The Song of the Sirens and Other Essays

by Pietro Pucci Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 28, 1997)

In this collection of his essays on Homer, some new and some appearing for the first time in English, the distinguished scholar Pietro Pucci examines the linguistic and rhetorical features of the poet's works....


Linguistic and Cultural Acquisition in a Migrant Community

by Prof. David Singleton, Prof. Vera Regan & Ewelina Debaene Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book provides a linguistic and cultural profile of the Polish diasporic communities in three different European countries: Ireland, France and Austria. The eight contributing chapters present original research...


Self and Identity in Adolescent Foreign Language Learning

by Dr. Florentina Taylor Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book explores the role of identity in adolescent foreign language learning to provide evidence that an identity-focused approach can make a difference to achievement in education. It uses both in-depth...


The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition

by Danuta Gabrys-Barker & Joanna Bielska Multilingual Matters (May 03, 2013)

Affectivity is at the core of everything we do in life. Thus, its development is also central to learning/acquisition and is important for educational contexts. The studies presented in this volume consider...


Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

by Albert Jack HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone...


The Riddle of the Labyrinth

by Margalit Fox Ecco (May 14, 2013)

In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending...


Women as Translators in Early Modern England

by Deborah Uman University of Delaware Press (April 12, 2012)

This book considers both the practice and representation of translation in works penned by early modern women including Margaret Tyler, Mary Sidney Herbert, Anne Lock, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn.


Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English

by John Mark Sheppard eBookIt.com (January 03, 2013)

"Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English" is the brainchild of John Mark Sheppard, who moved with his family from the United States to Liberia when he was just three years old. He...


Survival and Development of Language Communities: Prospects and Challenges

by F. Xavier Vila Moreno Multilingual Matters (November 09, 2012)

Too small to be big, but also too big to be really small, medium-sized language communities (MSLCs) face their own challenges in a rapidly globalising world where multilingualism and mobility seem to be eroding...


What We Say, Who We Are: Leopold Senghor, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Philosophy of Language

by Parker English Lexington Books (October 26, 2009)

In What We Say, Who We Are, Parker English explores the commonality between Leopold Senghor's concept of "negritude" and Zora Neale Hurston's view of "Negro expression." For English, these two concepts emphasize...


Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents

by Boris Gasparov Columbia University Press (September 18, 2012)

The Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913) revolutionized the study of language, signs, and discourse in the twentieth century. He successfully reconstructed the proto-Indo-European vowel system,...


Pretty Bitches

by Lizzie Skurnick & Rebecca Traister Seal Press (March 02, 2020)

These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women -- and imagine a more liberated world.

Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they...


The Present Personal

by Hagi Kenaan Columbia University Press (January 22, 2005)

Is philosophy deaf to the sound of the personal voice? While philosophy is experienced at admiring, resenting, celebrating, and, at times, renouncing language, philosophers have rarely succeeded in being intimate...


The Language Wars

by Henry Hitchings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 24, 2011)

The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been bitter, and have always really been about contesting values-morality, politics, and class. The Language...


Words to Eat By

by Ina Lipkowitz St. Martin's Press (July 04, 2011)

You may be what you eat, but you're also what you speak, and English food words tell a remarkable story about the evolution of our language and culinary history, revealing a vital collision of cultures alive...


The Secret Life of Words

John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2008

by Henry Hitchings Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 28, 2009)

Words are essential to our everyday lives. An average person spends his or her day enveloped in conversations, e-mails, phone calls, text messages, directions, headlines, and more. But how often do we stop to...


British English from A to Zed

by Norman W. Schur Skyhorse (July 01, 2013)

Whether you are traveling to Great Britain or just want to understand British popular culture, this unique dictionary will answer your questions. British English from A to Zed contains more than 5,500 British...


Textile Terminologies in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean from the Third to the First Millennnia BC

by Cécile Michel & Marie-Louise Nosch Oxbow Books (October 10, 2013)

Written sources from the ancient Near East and eastern Mediterranean, from the third to the first millennia BC, provide a wealth of terms for textiles. The twenty-two chapters in the present volume offer the...


Talk on the Wild Side

by Lane Greene The Economist (November 05, 2018)

Language is the most human invention. Spontaneous, unruly, passionate, and erratic it resists every attempt to discipline or regularize it--a history celebrated here in all its irreverent glory.

Language is...


Every Word Is a Bird We Teach to Sing

by Daniel Tammet Little, Brown Spark (September 11, 2017)

A mind-expanding, deeply humane tour of language by the bestselling author of Born on a Blue Day and Thinking in Numbers.

Is vocabulary destiny? Why do clocks "talk" to the Nahua people of Mexico? Will A.I....


The Book of Human Emotions

by Tiffany Watt Smith Little, Brown and Company (June 06, 2016)

A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world.

How do you feel today? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Your stomach...


What the F

by Benjamin K. Bergen Basic Books (September 12, 2016)

It may be starred, beeped, and censored -- yet profanity is so appealing that we can't stop using it. In the funniest, clearest study to date, Benjamin Bergen explains why, and what that tells us about our language...


How We Talk

by N. J. Enfield Basic Books (November 13, 2017)

An expert guide to how conversation works, from how we know when to speak to why huh is a universal word

We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N....


Vulgar Tongues

by Max Decharne Pegasus Books (June 06, 2017)

This rollercoaster ride through the colorful history of slang—from highwaymen to hip-hop—is a fresh and exciting take on the subject: entertaining and authoritative without being patronizing, out-of-touch...


The Accidental Dictionary

by Paul Anthony Jones Pegasus Books (October 03, 2017)

Our everyday language is full of surprises; its origins are stranger than you might think. Any word might be knocked and buffeted, subjected to twists and turns, expansions and contractions, happy and unhappy...


Written in Stone

by Christopher Stevens Pegasus Books (November 15, 2015)

Half the world’s population speaks a language that has evolved from a single, prehistoric mother tongue. A mother tongue first spoken in Stone Age times, on the steppes of central Eurasia 6,500 years ago....


The Story of English in 100 Words

by David Crystal Blackstone Publishing (September 01, 2012)

In this unique new history of the world's most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences, and events that have helped to...


The N Word

by Jabari Asim & Mirron Willis Blackstone Publishing (January 01, 2006)

In The N Word, a renowned cultural critic untangles the twisted history and future of racism through its most volatile word.

In 2003, the book Nigger started an intense conversation about the use and implications...


Talk on the Wild Side

by Lane Greene The Economist (November 06, 2018)

Language is the most human invention. Spontaneous, unruly, passionate, and erratic it resists every attempt to discipline or regularize it--a history celebrated here in all its irreverent glory.

Language is a...


The Book of Human Emotions

by Tiffany Watt Smith & Suzanne Toren Little, Brown & Company (June 07, 2016)

A thoughtful, gleeful encyclopedia of emotions, both broad and outrageously specific, from throughout history and around the world.

How do you feel today? Is your heart fluttering in anticipation? Your stomach...


Pretty Bitches

by Lizzie Skurnick, Carolyne Leys, Andrea Lopez & Shana Small et al. Seal Press (March 03, 2020)

These empowering essays from leading women writers examine the power of the gendered language that is used to diminish women -- and imagine a more liberated world.

Words matter. They wound, they inflate, they...


Walking English

by David Crystal Abrams Press (September 28, 2009)

In this discursive jaunt through the groves and thickets of the English language, David Crystal creates a mesmerizing and entertaining narrative account of his encounters with the language and its speakers....


Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency

by Michael Lempert & Michael Silverstein Indiana University Press (September 12, 2012)

It's a common complaint that a presidential candidate's style matters more than substance and that the issues have been eclipsed by mass-media-fueled obsession with a candidate's every slip, gaffe, and peccadillo....