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How to Learn Any Language
How to Learn Any Language
Hardcover      ISBN: 1567315437
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things: What Categories Reveal About the Mind
Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things
What Categories Reveal About the Mind
Paperback      ISBN: 0226468046
Focusing on studies of how humans categorize objects and ideas, this book examines the new understanding of human thought which proposes that human reason is imaginative, metaphorical, and intrinsically linked with the human body
Language in Danger: The Loss of Linguistic Diversity and the Threat to Our Future
Language in Danger
The Loss of Linguistic Diversity and the Threat to Our Future
Hardcover      ISBN: 0231129009
A linguist and historian living in France, Dalby argues that humans need the knowledge that is preserved and transmitted in each of the languages of the world, need the different and conflicting world views that different languages provide, and need interactivity between languages to maintain the facility to innovate in language. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Cartesian Linguistics: A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought
Cartesian Linguistics
A Chapter in the History of Rationalist Thought
3rd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0521708176
In this extraordinarily original and profound work, Noam Chomsky discusses themes in the study of language and mind since the end of the sixteenth century in order to explain the motivations and methods that underlie his work in linguistics, the science of mind, and even politics. This edition includes a new and specially written introduction by James McGilvray, contextualising the work for the twenty-first century. It has been made more accessible to a larger audience; all the French and German in the original edition has been translated, and the notes and bibliography have been brought up to date. The relationship between the original edition (published in 1966) and contemporary biolinguistic work is also explained. This challenging volume is an important contribution to the study of language and mind, and to the history of these studies since the end of the sixteenth century.
A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar
A Place to Stand
Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar
Paperback      ISBN: 0195140389
Linguists have become increasingly interested in examining how class culture is socially constructed and maintained through spoken language. Julie Lindquist's examination of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is an important and original contribution to the field. She examines how regular patrons argue about political issues in order to create a group identity centered around political ideology. She also shows how their political arguments are actually a rhetorical genre, one which creates a delicate balance between group solidarity and individual identity, as well as a tenuous and ambivalent sense of class identity.
Conversationally Speaking: Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
Conversationally Speaking
Tested New Ways to Increase Your Personal and Social Effectiveness
Paperback      ISBN: 1565656296
More than a million people have learned the secrets of effective conversation using Conversationally Speaking. This revised edition provides more ways to improve conversational skills by asking questions that promote conversation, learning how to listen so that others will be encouraged to talk, reducing anxiety in social situations and more.
On Nature and Language
On Nature and Language
Paperback      ISBN: 052101624x
Featuring an essay by the author on the role of intellectuals in society and government, a fascinating volume sheds light on the relation between language, mind, and brain, combining the latest research in linguistics with the everchanging field of neuroscience to create a groundbreaking linguistic theory. Simultaneous. (Science & Mathematics)
Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Made in America
An Informal History of the English Language in the United States
Hardcover      ISBN: 068810312x
The author of Mother Tongue offers an affectionate and informative look at the origins of American English, including why strippers' apparel is called a G-string and what--or who--is the real McCoy. 75,000 first printing. $75,000 ad/promo. Tour.
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language
The Language Instinct
How the Mind Creates Language
Paperback      ISBN: 0061336467
In this classic, the world's expert on language and mind lucidly explains everything you always wanted to know about language: how it works, how children learn it, how it changes, how the brain computes it, and how it evolved. With deft use of examples of humor and wordplay, Steven Pinker weaves our vast knowledge of language into a compelling story: language is a human instinct, wired into our brains by evolution. The Language Instinct received the William James Book Prize from the American Psychological Association and the Public Interest Award from the Linguistics Society of America. This edition includes an update on advances in the science of language since The Language Instinct was first published.
Language and Problems of Knowledge: The Managua Lectures
Language and Problems of Knowledge
The Managua Lectures
Paperback      ISBN: 0262530708
Language and Problems of Knowledge is Noam Chomsky's most accessible statement on the nature, origins, and current concerns of the field of linguistics. He frames the lectures with four fundamental questions: What do we know when we are able to speak and understand a language? How is this knowledge acquired? How do we use this knowledge? What are the physical mechanisms involved in the representation, acquisition, and use of this knowledge? Starting from basic concepts, Chomsky sketches the present state of our answers to these questions and offers prospects for future research. Much of the discussion revolves around our understanding of basic human nature (that we are unique in being able to produce a rich, highly articulated, and complex language on the basis of quite rudimentary data), and it is here that Chomsky's ideas on language relate to his ideas on politics. The initial versions of these lectures were given at the Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, in March 1986. A parallel set of lectures on contemporary political issues given at the same time has been published by South End Press under the title On Power and Ideology: The Managua Lectures. Noam Chomsky is Institute Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. Language and Problems of Knowledge is sixteenth in the series Current Studies in Linguistics, edited by Jay Keyser.