The Social Art: Language and Its Uses / Edition 2

The Social Art: Language and Its Uses / Edition 2

by Ronald K. MacAulay, Ronald Macaulay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195187962

ISBN-13: 9780195187960

Pub. Date: 01/06/2006

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative,

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The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative, swearing, and many others.

In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on theories of language development and on the evolution of language. The Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists do.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195187960
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
01/06/2006
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Give a Dog a Name3
2Learning One's First Language7
3The Act of Communicating12
4Prosodic Features22
5Learning About Words and Their Structure28
6Discovering the Structure of Language: Syntax32
7More Syntax39
8Still More Syntax43
9Semantics47
10Pragmatically Speaking53
11Variety58
12Regional Dialects64
13Social Class70
14Written Language78
15Register86
16Style90
17Sex Differences95
18The Magic of Words101
19Rhetoric105
20Conversation111
21Narratives117
22Learning a Second Language123
23Language Change128
24The History of English134
25Indo-European145
26Languages of the World151
27Language and Thought159
28Pronouns164
29Gender168
30Pidgins and Creoles172
31Literature178
32Children's Lore and Language186
33Envoi: Confessio Amantis196
Further Reading199
Glossary207
Phonetic Symbols for English223
References225
Index232

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