Category: Linguistics

Spoken Soul: The Story of Black English

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""Spoken Soul brilliantly fills a massive hole. . . . a delightfully readable advent to the stylish interweave among the language and its culture.""
Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown university

""A energetic, well-documented heritage of Black English . . . that would enlighten and tell not just educators, for whom it's going to be required examining, yet all who price and query language.""
Kirkus Reviews

""Spoken Soul is a needs to learn for an individual who's attracted to the relationship among language and identity.""
Chicago Defender

Claude Brown referred to as Black English ""Spoken Soul."" Toni Morrison stated, ""It's a love, a keenness. Its functionality is sort of a preacher’s: to make you stand from your seat, make you lose your self and listen to your self. The worst of all attainable issues that may occur will be to lose that language.""

Now well known linguist John R. Rickford and journalist Russell J. Rickford give you the definitive consultant to African American vernacular English–from its origins and contours to its robust fascination for society at large.

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Streetwise Spanish : Speak and Understand Everyday Spanish

Intermediate via complex Streetwise Spanish offers the colloquial and slang expressions that scholars want and need to grasp yet frequently don't study of their Spanish periods. The 15 chapters include brief dialogues, translations of the dialogues, factors of the colloquial and slang expressions, actual jokes, cartoons from Spanish guides, and workouts. observe: this article comprises "earthy" and vulgar expressions! each one discussion offers common Spanish idioms and in addition comprises slang from a specific state or urban that's pointed out within the introductory line of the discussion. trade varieties utilized in different components are defined within the vocabulary notes.

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Trask's Historical Linguistics

Trask’s historic Linguistics, 3rd Edition, is an available advent to historic linguistics – the learn of language swap over the years. This attractive publication is illustrated with language examples from all six continents, and covers the elemental suggestions of language swap, tools for ancient linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, sociolinguistic facets of language switch, language touch, the delivery and dying of languages, language and prehistory and the difficulty of very distant relations.

This 3rd variation of the popular Trask’s ancient Linguistics is absolutely revised and up-to-date and covers the latest advancements in old linguistics, including:

  • more element on morphological switch together with state-of-the-art discussions of iconization
  • coverage of contemporary advancements in sociolinguistic causes of edition and change
  • new case reviews targeting Germanic languages and American and New Zealand English, and up to date routines overlaying all the subject matters in the book
  • a fresh significant other web site that includes fabric for either professors and scholars, together with dialogue questions and additional workouts in addition to commentaries at the routines in the book.

Trask’s old Linguistics is crucial analyzing for all scholars of language, linguistics and similar disciplines.

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Modern Dutch Grammar: A Practical Guide (Modern Grammars)

By Jenneke Oosterhoff

Modern Dutch Grammar: a realistic consultant is an leading edge reference advisor to Dutch, combining conventional and function-based grammar in one quantity. With a powerful emphasis on modern utilization, all grammar issues and features are richly illustrated with examples.

The Grammar is divided into elements. half I covers conventional grammatical different types similar to nouns and verbs. half II is thoroughly equipped round language features and contexts such as:

  • Giving and looking information
  • Describing procedures and results
  • Expressing attitudes, psychological states and emotions
  • Registers and style
  • Formal and casual communique, e.g. adolescence talk

Main beneficial properties of the Grammar include:

  • Clear, succinct and jargon-free explanations
  • Extensive cross-referencing among the various sections
  • Emphasis on components of specific hassle for newbies of Dutch

This is the fitting reference grammar for beginners of Dutch in any respect degrees, from ordinary to complex; no past wisdom of grammatical terminology is thought and it presents indices of grammatical phrases and capabilities. This Grammar is complemented through a better half site that includes similar workouts and actions to augment learning.

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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By John Edwards

Sociolinguistics bargains with the social lifetime of language, language in its sociocultural context. it's a department of linguistics that appears much less on the form or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and extra at how our phrases and sentences are stimulated by means of the society round us--for example, how the accessory or the dialect we use has been formed by means of the place we come from or which social type we belong to.

In this Very brief advent, John Edwards bargains the main up to date short assessment to be had of sociolinguistics, with aspect journeys into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. He considers such themes because the various social reviews of languages and dialects, the loaded value of names, and the significance of politically-driven language making plans and coverage. the connection among language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, and the intertwining of language and faith also are handled right here. Edwards stresses that, whereas linguists see all dialects as both legitimate, within the wider international robust attitudes have continually put language types in social hierarchies. the writer additionally appears to be like at language extra widely, analyzing the ways that languages upward push or fall, the makes an attempt to restore flagging or endangered forms, the explanations why a few languages got here to dominate others, and the certain dynamics that have an effect on touch among "big" and "small" languages.

In either its position as our strongest device of verbal exchange and because the such a lot quick symbolic marker of human association, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. This compact quantity deals a useful advent to this very important element of language.

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Oxford's Very brief Introductions sequence deals concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary thought to heritage, and Archaeology to the Bible. now not easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity during this sequence offers trenchant and provocative--yet consistently balanced and complete--discussions of the principal matters in a given self-discipline or box. each Very brief creation provides a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating how the topic has constructed and the way it has stimulated society. finally, the sequence will surround each significant educational self-discipline, supplying all scholars an available and considerable reference library. regardless of the zone of research that one deems vital or beautiful, regardless of the subject that fascinates the overall reader, the Very brief Introductions sequence has a convenient and cheap advisor that might most likely turn out indispensable.

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (Oxford Quick Reference)

The 3rd version of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics is an authoritative and important reference resource masking each element of the wide-ranging box of linguistics. In 3,250 entries this dictionary spans grammar, phonetics, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics. transparent examples - and diagrams the place acceptable - support to show the meanings of even the main technical phrases. It additionally contains entries on key students of linguistics, either old and smooth, summarizing their specialisms and achievements.

With latest entries completely revised and up-to-date, and the addition of a hundred new entries, this new version expands its insurance of semantics, in addition to lately rising terminology inside, for instance, syntactic thought and sociolinguistics.

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The City in Slang: New York Life and Popular Speech

The yankee city scene, and specifically New York's, has given us a wealthy cultural legacy of slang phrases and words, a bonanza of well known speech. Hot dog, rush hour, butter-and-egg man, gold digger, shyster, buttinsky, smart aleck, sidewalk superintendent, yellow journalism, breadline, straphanger, tar beach, the Tenderloin, the nice White Way, to do a Brodie--these are only the various 1000's of well known phrases and words that have been born or took on new which means within the streets of recent York.
In The urban in Slang, Irving Lewis Allen lines this flowering of renowned expressions that followed the emergence of the hot York city from the early 19th century right down to the current. This specific account of the cultural and social heritage of America's maximum urban presents in impact a lexicon of renowned speech approximately urban lifestyles. With many tales Allen exhibits how this vocabulary arose from urban streets, frequently interplaying with vaudeville, radio, videos, comics, and the preferred songs of Tin Pan Alley.
a few phrases of significant pertinence to urban buyers have unexpectedly outdated pedigrees. Rush hour used to be coined by means of 1890, for example, and rubberneck dates to the overdue Nineties and have become renowned in ny to explain the busloads of holiday makers who craned their necks to work out the tall constructions and the points of interest of the Bowery and Chinatown. The immense Apple itself (since 1971 the professional nickname of recent York) seemed within the Twenties, even though first in connection with the city's most sensible racetracks and to Broadway bookings as pinnacles recreation. Allen additionally tells interesting tales at the back of once-popular slang that's not in use. Spielers, for instance, have been the little ladies in tenement districts who danced ecstatically at the sidewalks to the tune of the hurdy-gurdy males and, once they have been sufficiently old, frequented the dance halls of the decrease East Side.
Following the path of those phrases and words into the city's East part, West part, and all over the city, from Harlem to Wall road, and into the haunts of its low and high lifestyles, The urban in Slang is an engaging examine the wealthy cultural background of language approximately urban existence.

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The Textualization of the Greek Alphabet

By Roger D. Woodard

During this ebook, Roger D. Woodard argues that after the Greeks first started to use the alphabet, they considered themselves as members in a functionality phenomenon conceptually modeled at the performances of the oral poets. due to the fact a time older than Greek antiquity, the oral poets of Indo-European culture have been referred to as "weavers of phrases" - their extemporaneous functionality of poetry was once "word weaving." With the arriving of the hot expertise of the alphabet and the onset of Greek literacy, the very act of manufacturing written symbols was once interpreted as a similar functionality task, albeit one within which virtually all people may well take part, not just the opt for few. It was once this new conceptualization of and participation in functionality job via the hundreds that at last, or even fast, led to the dying of oral composition in functionality in Greece. together with this research, Woodard analyzes a collection of copper plaques inscribed with repeated alphabetic sequence and a line of what he translates to be textual content, which attests to this archaic Greek conceptualization of the functionality of image crafting.

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The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology

By Yasir Suleiman

"A very valuable addition to classes on Arab nationalism, nationalism normally, and Arabic linguistics." - Professor Clive Holes FBA, Professor for the examine of the modern Arab international, college of Oxford

"Masterfully combines his profound familiarity with the Arabic literature, the unending literature on nationalist ideology, and the very colossal sociolinguistic literature on language and ethnic identity."
- Professor Joshua Fishman, uncommon collage examine Professor of Social Sciences, Emeritus, Yeshiva University

'This compelling and well timed research of Arabic tradition, language, background, and nationalism through amazing Arabic linguist Yasir Suleiman permits English-speaking audiences an inside of view of key matters in figuring out the Arab international. according to Suleiman's large examine in Arabic language and society, the ebook is scholarly yet now not pedantic, and should attract a variety of readers."
- Karin C. Ryding, Sultan Qaboos bin stated Professor of Arabic, Georgetown collage Prizewinner, British-Kuwait Friendship Society Prize in heart japanese stories 2004

A clean point of view on nationalism within the Arab center East, investigating the interplay among language and nationalist ideology. It covers either communicative and symbolic services of the language relating to cultural and political nationalism and the articulation of nationwide identification.


*The Arab earlier (the interpretation and reinvention of culture and myth-making)
*The conflict among Arab and Turkish cultural nationalism within the nineteenth and early twentieth century
*Readings of canonical treatises on Arab cultural nationalism
*A research of the main ideological traits linking language to territorial nationalism
*A study schedule for the research of language and nationalism within the Arab context

This is the 1st full-scale research of this crucial subject and should be of curiosity to scholars of nationalism, Arab and comparative politics, Arabic reports, background, cultural reviews and sociolinguistics.

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