Exploring Language / Edition 13

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Overview

This market-leading language reader features thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205172863
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 7/8/2011
  • Edition number: 13
  • Pages: 560
  • Sales rank: 141,949
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Breaking Silences

BEGINNINGS: THE EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE

Visual: Tower of Babel

From Hand to Mouth

Michael C. Corballis

Language and Thought

Susanne K. Langer

Horton Heared A Who!

Steven Pinker

Visual: Gimme a Cookie (cartoon)

Chunking

Ben Zimmer

Another Language for the Deaf

Margalit Fox

Visual: Signwriting

PERSONAL RECOLLECTIONS: COMING INTO LANGUAGE

Homemade Education

Malcolm X

A Word for Everything

Helen Keller

Visual: Sign Language

Spanish Lessons

Christine Marin

Chapter 2: Writers on Writing

THE WRITING PROCESS

Writing for an Audience

Linda Flower

Getting Started

Anne Lamott

Beware the Trap of 'Bore-geous' Writing

Ayelet Waldman

Writing to Change the World

Mary Pipher

FINDING THE RIGHT WORDS

The Case for Short Words

Richard Lederer

Saying Is Believing

Patricia T. O’Conner

Cliché’s Anyone?

James Isaacs

Visual: Writing Well (cartoon)

Selection, Slanting and Charged Language

Newman P. Birk and Genevieve B. Birk

Chapter 3: A World of Language

WHAT IS “AMERICAN” ENGLISH?

Do You Speak American?

Robert MacNeil

Everyone Has an Accent but Me

John Esling

Good English and Bad

Bill Bryson

Why Good English Is Good For You

John Simon

Why the U.S. Needs an Official Language

Mauro E. Mujica

ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE

Why a Global Language?

David Crystal

Visual: English and Globish (cartoon)

What Global Language?

Barbara Wallraff

English as a Global Language: A Good Thing or a Bad Thing?

David Redfern

Lost in America

Douglas McGray

Chapter 4: Technology and Language

MAKING CONNECTIONS IN A MODERN WORLD

In the Beginning Was the Word

Christine Rosen

Is PowerPoint the Devil?

Julia Keller

Visual: The Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation and The Making of the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation

Peter Norvig

Blogging in the Global Lunchroom

Geoffrey Nunberg

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING

Texting

David Crystal

Visual: If You Can’t Beat ‘Em . . . (cartoon)

r u online?: The evolving lexicon of wired teens

Kris Axtman

The Keypad Solution

Ammon Shea

The Other Side of E-Mail

Robert Kuttner

Three Tweets for the Web

Tyler Cowen

I Tweet, Therefore I Am

Peggy Orenstein

Chapter 5: Communication Gap

HE SAYS, SHE SAYS

Women Talk Too Much

Janet Holmes

Sex Differences

Ronald Macaulay

What Language Barrier?

Deborah Cameron

No Detail Is Too Small for Girls Answering a Simple Question

Tony Kornheiser

Visual: Men Are from Belgium, Women Are from New Brunswick (cartoon)

Oh, Mom. Oh, Honey

Deborah Tannen

Speaking Personally

John G,Guinan

WHAT WE SAY AND HOW WE SAY IT

Nonverbal Behavior: Culture, Gender, and the Media

Teri Kwal Gamble and Michael W. Gamble

Small-Scale Communication

Jennifer Akin

The Like Virus

David Grambs

Some Friends and I Started Talking: Conversation and Social Change

Margaret J. Wheatley

Chapter 6: Censorship and Free Speech

BIASED LANGUAGE AND HATE SPEECH

Hate Speech

Robin Tolmach Lakoff

Bias-Free Language: Some Guidelines

Rosalie Maggio

The Word Police

Michiko Kakutani

“Nigger”: The Meaning of a Word

Gloria Naylor

CENSORSHIP AND FREE SPEECH

Regulating Racist Speech on Campus

Charles R. Lawrence, III

There’s No Such Thing as Free Speech, and It’s a Good Thing Too

Stanley Fish

Freedom of Deplorable Speech

Tina Dupuy

Visual: First Amendment (cartoon)

Hate Speech Cannot be Tolerated

Richard Delgado

Chapter 7: Advertising and Print Media

THE LANGUAGE OF ADVERTISING

With These Words I Can Sell You Anything

William Lutz

The Language of Advertising

Charles A. O’Neill

Be All That You Can Be: The Company Persona and Language Alignment

Frank Luntz

A Brand by Any Other Name

Douglas Rushkoff

Visual: Current Advertisements

THE FUTURE OF PRINT MEDIA

Out of Print

Eric Alterman

Is Print Dead?

J.A. Konrath

Are We Reaching Da Youth?

Danny Schechter

Will the Death of Newspapers Also Kill Our Freedoms?

Frank Watson

Freedom of Speech and the Editorial Cartoon

Doug Marlette

Visual: Editorial Cartoons

Chapter 8: Political Wordplay

POLITICALLY SPEAKING

How to Detect Propaganda

Institute for Propaganda Analysis

Doubts About Doublespeak

William Lutz

Do You Speak Presidential?

Anna Marie Trester

Deconstructing Obama

Richard O’Mara

Fighting Words: The War over Language

Jon Hooten

Visuals: Campaign Advertisements

SPEAKING OUT: LANGUAGE THAT INSPIRED CHANGE

Letter from Birmingham Jail

Martin Luther King

Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy

Kennedy’s Inaugural Address: Ask Not What Happened to Oratory

Alexandra Petri

Aren’t I a Woman?

Sojourner Truth

A More Perfect Union

Barack Obama

Visual: Obama Speech

Chapter 9: Language and the Brain

LANGUAGE AND THOUGHT

Does Language Shape How You Think?

Guy Deutscher

You Say Up, I Say Yesterday

Joan O’C. Hamilton

How Does Our Language Shape the Way We Think?

Lera Boroditsky

What’s in a Word?

Sharon Begley

DIGITAL THOUGHT

Google Making Us Stoopid?

Nicolas Carr

The Internet and How We Think: Writers Offer Their Opinions

John Naughton

Your iBrain: How Technology Changes the Way We Think

Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan

Speaking in Tones: Music and Language Partner in the Brain

Diana Deutsch

Mind over Mass Media

Steven Pinker

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