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Language Matters

by Laurie Bauer, Janet Holmes, Paul Warren
 

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ISBN-10: 1403936285

ISBN-13: 9781403936288

Pub. Date: 04/03/2006

Publisher: Macmillan Education UK

This book provides a non-technical introduction to the study of language by focusing on questions such as: Where does language come from? Why don't we all talk the same? Who needs grammar? Suitable for students with no experience of linguistics, this lively introduction to language approaches will encourage students to think.

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This book provides a non-technical introduction to the study of language by focusing on questions such as: Where does language come from? Why don't we all talk the same? Who needs grammar? Suitable for students with no experience of linguistics, this lively introduction to language approaches will encourage students to think.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781403936288
Publisher:
Macmillan Education UK
Publication date:
04/03/2006
Edition description:
2006
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.03(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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