Language: Introductory Readings / Edition 7

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Overview

Language offers a broad selection of groundbreaking historical studies and up-to-the-minute research for introductory courses in linguistics. Classic readings have been retained and updated to provide an authoritative, timely survey of the essential issues of language study. New articles introduce areas of debate on language variation; issues of language, culture and gender; global varieties of English; and language extinction. This solid collection introduces students to the foundations of the field and offers extensive resources for further study.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Language can acquaint the non-specialist with a wide array of issues involved in the study of language. The readings are generally accessible without prior study of linguistics."

— Matthew Weltig, University of Nevada at Reno

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312450182
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 1/2/2008
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 136,340
  • Product dimensions: 7.12 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

VIRGINIA CLARK was a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as chair of the English department. With Paul Eschholz and Alfred Rosa, she is the author of Language Awareness, Ninth Edition.

ALFRED ROSA and PAUL ESCHHOLZ are professors emeriti of English at the University of Vermont. They have directed statewide writing programs and conducted numerous workshops throughout the country on writing and the teaching of writing. Rosa and Eschholz have collaborated on a number of best-selling texts for Bedford/St. Martin's, including Subject and Strategy, Eleventh Edition (2008); Models for Writers, Ninth Edition (2007); and Outlooks and Insights: A Reader for College Writers, Fourth Edition (1995).

BETH LEE SIMON is Professor of Linguistics and English at Indiana University Purdue University. Her scholarly work includes the recent volume, Language Variation and Change in the American Midland: A New Look at Heartland English. She was an editor of the five-volume Dictionary of American Regional English (Harvard/Belnap Press). She is also widely published in poetry, fiction and memoir.

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Table of Contents

PART I. LANGUAGE AND ITS STUDY

Harvey A. Daniels, Nine Ideas about Language

W.F. Bolton, Language: An Introduction

Karen Emmorey, Sign Language

George A. Miller, Nonverbal Communication

]Jean Aitchison, Chimps, Children & Creoles

PART II. THE SOUNDS OF LANGUAGE

Edward Callary, Phonetics

]Nancy Bonvillain, The Form of the Message

]Ohio State Language Files, What Is Phonology? Language Sounds and their Rules

PART III. LANGUAGE STRUCTURES: WORDS AND PHRASES

Ohio State Language Files, Minimal Units of Meaning: Morphemes

H.A. Gleason, The Identification of Morphemes

]Janet A. Romich, Understanding Basic Medical Terminology

]Genine Lentine and Roger W. Shuy, Mc-: Meaning in the Marketplace

Frank Heny, Syntax: The Structure of Sentences

PART IV. LANGUAGE MEANING AND LANGUAGE USE

Steven Pinker, The Tower of Babel

Jean Aitchison, Bad Birds and Better Birds: Prototype Theories

Howard Gregory, Pinning Down Semantics

]Elaine Chaika, Pragmatics: Discourse Routines

]Ronald Wardhaugh, Talk and Action

PART V. THE HISTORY OF LANGUAGE

Jeanne H. Herndon, Comparative and Historical Linguistics

Ohio State Language Files, Family Tree and Wave Models

Paul Roberts, A Brief History of English

]Lee Pederson, Dialects

]Celia M. Millward, The Origins of Writing

PART VI. LANGUAGE VARIATION AND SOCIAL INTERACTION

Paul Roberts, Speech Communities

]Ronald Macaulay, Regional Dialects and Social Class

]Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes, Standards and Vernaculars

]Oakland, CA School Board, Revised Oakland Resolution on Ebonics

]John Rickford, Suite for Ebony and Phonics

]James Crawford, Endangered Native American Language

PART VII. LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

David Crystal, Pidgins and Creoles

]George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Metaphors We Live By

]Nicholas Evans, A Myth: Aborigines Speak a Primitive Language

Stephen J. Caldas and Suzanne Caron-Caldas, Rearing Bilingual Children in a Monolingual Culture

Nancy Lord, Native Tongues

Laura Bohannan, Shakespeare in the Bush

PART VIII. LANGUAGE AND GENDER

]Mary Talbot, Language and Gender

]Fern L. Johnson, Discourse Patterns of Males and Females

Deborah Tannen, 'I'll Explain It to You': Lecturing and Listening

Deborah Tannen, Ethnic Style in Male-Female Conversation

PART IX. LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND THE BRAIN

Jeannine Heny, Brain and Language

William Kemp and Roy Smith, Signals, Signs, and Words: From Animal Communication to Language

Breyne Arlene Moskowitz, The Acquisition of Language

Eric H. Lenneberg, Developmental Milestones in Motor and Language Development

George A. Miller and Patricia M. Gildea, How Children Learn Words

Victoria L. Fromkin, Stephen Krashen, Susan Curtiss, David Rigler, Marilyn Rigler and Mayan Pines, The Development of Language in Genie and Postscript

]Richard Wolkomir, American Sign Language: 'It's Not Mouth Stuff — It's Brain Stuff'

PART X. WORLD ENGLISHES; GLOBAL LANGUAGES

]David Crystal, Why a Global Language?

]Richard W. Bailey, Attitudes Toward English: The Future of English in South Asia

]John McWhorter, Natural Seasonings: The Linguistic Melting Pot

PART XI. LANGUAGE IN THE CLASSROOM

John P. Hughes, Languages and Writing

John Algeo, What Makes Good English Good?


]Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman and Nina Hyams, Reading, Writing, and Speech

]Shirley Brice Heath, What No Bedtime Story Means


]Suzanne F. Peregoy and Owen F. Boyle, English Language Learners in School


] new to this edition

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