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Language Matters

by Laurie Bauer, Paul Warren, Janet Holmes, Jamet Holmes
 

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ISBN-10: 1403936285

ISBN-13: 9781403936288

Pub. Date: 04/03/2006

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403936288
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
04/03/2006
Pages:
280
Sales rank:
468,105
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.22(h) x 0.69(d)

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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