Language in the Real World: A Resource Book

Language in the Real World: A Resource Book

by Susan J. Behrens
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415774683

ISBN-13: 9780415774680

Pub. Date: 03/15/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Language in the Real World: An introduction to linguistics challenges the traditional approaches taken to linguistics to provide an innovative introduction to the subject. By first examining the real world applications of core areas of linguistics and then addressing the theory behind these applications, this text offers an inductive, illustrative, and

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Language in the Real World: An introduction to linguistics challenges the traditional approaches taken to linguistics to provide an innovative introduction to the subject. By first examining the real world applications of core areas of linguistics and then addressing the theory behind these applications, this text offers an inductive, illustrative, and interactive overview for students.

Key areas covered include animal communication, phonology, language variation, gender and power, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics, language, acquisition, American Sign Language, and language disorders. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, is introduced by boxed notes listing the key points covered and features an author's note to readers that situates the chapter in its real world context. Activities and pointers for further study and reading are also integrated into the chapters and an end of text glossary is provided to aid study.

Language in the Real World shows that linguistics can be appreciated, studied, and enjoyed by actively engaging real world applications of linguistic knowledge and principles and will be essential reading for students with an interest in language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415774680
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/15/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
822,029
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Alternate Contents vii

Acknowledgments xi

Contributors xii

Introduction 1

I Language, Education, and Cultural Change 9

1 Language Variation: Students and Teachers Reflect on Accents and Dialects Susan J. Behrens Rebecca L. Sperling 11

2 Speech Communities: Language as a Mediator of Messages and Perceptions Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth 27

3 Teaching Pronunciation: Using Phonology in the ESL and Foreign Language Classroom Joanna Labov 43

II Literature, Translation, and Computers 65

4 Lexicography: What Dictionaries Reveal about Language and Dictionary Makers Paul D. Fallon 67

5 Text Translation: Approaching Otherness Mary Boldt Esperanza Roncero 89

6 Machine Translation: The Challenge of Ambiguity Nan Decker 107

7 The N-Word, the F-Word, and All that Jazz: Race, Sex, and Transgressive Language in Contemporary American Literature and Popular Culture Carmen Gillespie 123

III Language, Power, and Identity 137

8 Language, Power, and Sexual Assault: Women's Voices on Rape and Social Change Judith A. Parker Deborah Mahlstedt 139

9 Gender, Language, and Power: Surname or Surname? Diana Boxer 164

10 Linguistics as a Forensic Science: The Case of Author Identification Carole E. Chaski 180

IV Forms of Language and Communication 205

11 First Language Acquisition: Developing Native Linguistic Competence Janine Graziano-King Helen Smith Cairns 207

12 ASL: A Visual Language Miako Villanueva Deanna Twain Laura Leigh Wood 226

13 Animal Communication: The "Language" of Honey Bees Wyatt A. Mangum 225

V Language and Communication Science 275

14 Communication Disorders: A Personal Perspective Ann D. Jablon 277

15 Analyzing Narratives: An Example of Cross-Cultural Research Methods Cecile L. Stein 297

16 Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Contributions to Understanding Healthy Aging and Dementia Yael Neumann Linda Carozza Anastasia Georgiou 314

17 Language of Children with Autism: The Two Worlds Underlying Verbal Communication Marion Blank Mary Beth Cull 331

Glossary 349

Index 367

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