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How Language Works by David Crystal

Title How Language Works
Author David Crystal
Publisher Penguin
Release 2007-11-01
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 512
ISBN 110121581X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Steven Pinker meets Bill Bryson in this landmark exploration of language. In the author's own words, "How Language Works is not about music, cookery, or sex. But it is about how we talk about music, cookery, and sex-or, indeed, anything at all." Language is so fundamental to everyday life that we take it for granted. But as David Crystal makes clear in this work of unprecedented scope, language is an extremely powerful tool that defines the human species. Crystal offers general readers a personal tour of the intricate workings of language. He moves effortlessly from big subjects like the origins of languages, how children learn to speak, and how conversation works to subtle but revealing points such as how email differs from both speech and writing in important ways, how language reveals a person's social status, and how we decide whether a word is rude or polite. Broad and deep, but with a light and witty touch, How Language Works is the ultimate layman's guide to how we communicate with one another.

How language works in politics by Williams, Matthew

Title How language works in politics
Author Williams, Matthew
Publisher Policy Press
Release 2018-06-26
Category Political Science
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1529200210
Language English, Spanish, and French
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There were more colons used in legislation in 2015 than there were words enacted in 1900. Using analysis from machine readings of all legislation enacted between 1900 and 2015, this book discusses the social impact of increasingly elastic legislative language on the contemporary workings of the British constitution. The hot-button debates of our time — from immigration to European integration, to the creeping power of judges — have, at their core, battles over what policy instructions are authoritative. The book encourages readers to connect the dots of British statecraft, and to understand how, exactly, public demands are transferred into laws that are then implemented with greater and lesser degrees of success. Crucially, it shows that vague legislation has a tremendous impact on policy delivery, disproportionately affecting the weakest, in areas including immigration, homelessness and anti-discrimination.

How Language Works by Madelon E. Heatherington

Title How Language Works
Author Madelon E. Heatherington
Publisher
Release 1980
Category Anglais (Langue)
Total Pages 241
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Language and Power by Norman Fairclough

Title Language and Power
Author Norman Fairclough
Publisher Pearson Education
Release 2001
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 226
ISBN 9780582414839
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Language and Power is about how language works to maintain and change power relations in contemporary society, and how understanding these processes can enable people to resist and change them. Substantial changes in social life have taken place in the decade since the original publication, which have changed the nature of unequal power relations, and therefore the agenda for the critical study of language. In this second edition, Norman Fairclough brings the discussion completely up-to-date with the inclusion of a new chapter covering the 'globalisation' of power relations and the development of the internet in relation to language and power.

Title Linguistics for Language Teachers
Author Sarah J. Shin
Publisher Routledge
Release 2020-03-25
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 202
ISBN 1134814895
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book is an accessible introduction to linguistics specifically tailored for teachers of second language/bilingual education. It guides teachers stepwise through the components of language, focusing on the areas of linguistics that are most pertinent for teaching. Throughout the book there are opportunities to analyze linguistic data and discuss language-related issues in various educational and social contexts. Readers will be able to identify patterns in actual language use to inform their teaching and help learners advance to the next level. A highly readable account of how language works, this book is an ideal text for teacher education courses.

For the Love of Language by Kate Burridge

Title For the Love of Language
Author Kate Burridge
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Release 2015-10-16
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages
ISBN 1316441148
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Language is essential to human life, both as a basic social necessity and also as a powerful and complex social resource. For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics offers a comprehensive introduction to the workings of language and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design. This thorough and engaging investigation into language and linguistics covers topics including: • strategies for learning about how language works • using linguistics to address real-world problems • the structure and meaning of words • the systems that organise language • changes to language over time • how language is used in written and spoken communication • the links between language, the mind and the world. Written by authors with extensive academic experience in the field of linguistics and including examples from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to engage the reader, For the Love of Language is a lively yet comprehensive resource for undergraduate students in foundation linguistics.

Ambiguity by Susanne Winkler

Title Ambiguity
Author Susanne Winkler
Publisher Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Release 2015-03-30
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 378
ISBN 3110403633
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This edited volume investigates the concept of ambiguity and how it manifests itself in language and communication from a new perspective. The main goal is to uncover a great mystery: why can we communicate effectively despite the fact that ambiguity is pervasive in the language that we use? And conversely, how do speakers and hearers use ambiguity and vagueness to achieve a specific goal? Comprehensive answers to these questions are provided from different fields which focus on the study of language, in particular, linguistics, literary criticism, rhetoric, psycholinguistics, theology, media studies and law. By bringing together these different disciplines, the book documents a radical change in the research on ambiguity. The innovation is brought about by the transdisciplinary perspective of the individual and co-authored papers that bridge the gaps between disciplines. The research program that underlies this volume establishes theoretical connections between the areas of (psycho)linguistics that concentrate on the question of how the system of language works with the areas of rhetoric, literary studies, theology and law that focus on the question of how communication works in discourse and text from the perspective of both production and perception. A three-dimensional Ambiguity Model is presented that serves as a theoretical anchor point for the analyses of the different types of ambiguities by the contributors of this volume. The Ambiguity Model is a hybrid model which brings together the different perspectives on how language and the language system work with respect to ambiguity as well as the question of how ambiguity is employed in communication and in different communicational settings. A set of specific features that are relevant for the description of ambiguity, such as whether the ambiguity arises in the production or perception process, and whether it occurs in strategic or nonstrategic communication, are defined. The research program rests on the assumption that both the production and the perception of ambiguity, as well as its strategic and nonstrategic occurrence, can only be understood by exploring how these factors interact with each other and a reference system when ambiguity is generated and resolved. The collection Ambiguity: Language and Communication constitutes a superb introduction to the workings of ambiguity in language and communication along with extensive analyses of many different examples from different fields. As such it is relevant for students of linguistics, literary studies, rhetoric, law and theology and at the same time there is sufficient quality analysis and new research questions to benefit advanced readers who are interested in ambiguity.

Language in Thought and Action by Samuel Ichiyé Hayakawa

Title Language in Thought and Action
Author Samuel Ichiyé Hayakawa
Publisher
Release 1964
Category English language
Total Pages 350
ISBN
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Introduces the principles of semantics, explains how language works, and how an understanding of semantics is useful in everyday life situations.

The Story with Language by Marie Langley

Title The Story with Language
Author Marie Langley
Publisher
Release 2009
Category
Total Pages 52
ISBN 9781877478772
Language English, Spanish, and French
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