Language Matters

Overview

This book provides a lively introduction to the study of language for students without prior experience in linguistics. It addresses the core areas of language study answering questions such as:
* Where does language come from?
* Why don't we all talk the same?
* Who needs grammar?
This is an excellent textbook for basic introductory courses...

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Overview

This book provides a lively introduction to the study of language for students without prior experience in linguistics. It addresses the core areas of language study answering questions such as:
* Where does language come from?
* Why don't we all talk the same?
* Who needs grammar?
This is an excellent textbook for basic introductory courses and for students who are non-majors. It will be accessible and enjoyable for a variety of students.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403936288
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 4/3/2006
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 11.12 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Bauer is Professor and Personal Chair in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Study, Janet Holmes is Professor and Personal Chair in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Study, and Paul Warren is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics, all at Victoria University of Wellington.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• PART 1: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE
• Where Does Language Come From?
• Why Don't We All Talk the Same?
• Things Ain't What They Used to Be
• Linguistic Relations
• Bee Talk and Monkey Chatter
• PART 2: LANGUAGE STRUCTURES
• How Do You Spell Accommodation?
• How Many Words do the Eskimos Use?
• Going On and On: The Never-ending Story
• Primitive Languages?
• Who Needs Grammar?
• Mobile Messages
• PART 3: LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
• How Do We Lose Languages and Does It Matter?
• What Shall I Call You?
• Do Women and Men Speak Differently?
• Sexist Language and Linguist Sexism
• What Language Do You Use to Your Grandmother?
• Why Can't People in Birmingham Talk Right?
• PART 4: LANGUAGE, BRAIN AND MIND
• Why My Feets Hurted?
• Does Bilingualism Rot the Brain?
• Building Another Tongue
• You've Tasted the Whole Worm
• Is Language a Strait Jacket?
• When Language Breaks Down
• PART 5: CONCLUSION
• Who Cares about Language?
• Index

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