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Conversational Spanish in 7 Days
Conversational Spanish in 7 Days
Compact Disc      ISBN: 0071432329
Bestselling quick-prep Spanish course for travelers, now in CD format! This accessible minicourse provides all the communication skills needed to make the most of a foreign jaunt. In just one week--less time than it takes to get a passport--you can learn enough Spanish to conduct typical travelers' transactions with conversational confidence. Organized into seven units, one for each day of the week, these colorfully illustrated chapters feature: - Vocabulary and phrase lists for everyday situations such as dining, shopping, and asking for directions - Accessible grammar points and interactive practice exercises - An easy-to-navigate vocabulary list for on-the-spot reference - Dialogues and exercises performed by native speakers--now on CD - Updated information about ATMs and public phones abroad
The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
The Mother Tongue
English and How It Got That Way
Paperback      ISBN: 0380715430
Provides a humorous history of the English language covering such topics as spelling, pronunciation, swearing, and wordplay.
The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language
The Power of Babel
A Natural History of Language
Paperback      ISBN: 006052085x
Chronicles the origins and evolution of language from the appearance of the first language about 150,000 years ago in East Africa to the approximately six thousand language varieties of today. Reprint.
Slang: The People's Poetry
Slang
The People's Poetry
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0195314638
Slang, writes Michael Adams, is poetry on the down low, and sometimes lowdown poetry on the down low, but rarely, if ever, merely lowdown. It is the poetry of everyday speech, the people's poetry, and it deserves attention as language playing on the cusp of art. In Slang: The People's Poetry, Adams covers this perennially interesting subject in a serious but highly engaging way, illuminating the fundamental question "What is Slang" and defending slang--and all forms of nonstandard English--as integral parts of the American language. Why is an expression like "bed head" lost in a lexical limbo, found neither in slang nor standard dictionaries? Why are snow-boarding terms such as "fakie," "goofy foot," "ollie" and "nollie" not considered slang? As he addresses these and other lexical curiosities, Adams reveals that slang is used in part to define groups, distinguishing those who are "down with it" from those who are "out of it." Slang is also a rebellion against the mainstream. It often irritates those who color within the lines--indeed, slang is meant to irritate, sometimes even to shock. But slang is also inventive language, both fun to make and fun to use. Rather than complain about slang as "bad" language, Adams urges us to celebrate slang's playful resistance to the commonplace and to see it as the expression of an innate human capacity, not only for language, but for poetry. A passionate defense of slang, jargon, argot and other forms of nonstandard English, this marvelous volume is full of amusing and even astonishing examples of all sorts of slang. It will be a must for students of language and a joy for word lovers everywhere.
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.
The American Street Gang: Its Nature, Prevalence, and Control
The American Street Gang
Its Nature, Prevalence, and Control
Paperback      ISBN: 0195115732
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the White House announced with great fanfare that 100 FBI counterintelligence agents would be reassigned. Their new target: street gangs. Americans--filled with fear of crack-dealing gangs--cheered the decision, as did many big-city police departments. But this highly publicized move could be an experience in futility, suggests Malcolm Klein: for one thing, most street gangs have little to do with the drug trade. The American Street Gang provides the finest portrait of this subject ever produced--a detailed accounting, through statistics, interviews, and personal experience, of what street gangs are, how they have changed, their involvement in drug sales, and why we have not been able to stop them. Klein has been studying street gangs for more than thirty years, and he brings a sophisticated understanding of the problem to bear in this often surprising book. In contrast to the image of rigid organization and military-style leadership we see in the press, he writes, street gangs are usually loose bodies of associates, with informal and multiple leadership. Street gangs, he makes clear, are quite distinct from drug gangs--though they may share individual members. In a drug-selling operation tight discipline is required--the members are more like employees--whereas street gangs are held together by affiliation and common rivalries, with far less discipline. With statistics and revealing anecdotes, Klein offers a strong critique of the approach of many law enforcement agencies, which have demonized street gangs while ignoring the fact that they are the worst possible bodies for running disciplined criminal operations--let alone colonizing other cities. On the other hand, he shows that street gangs do spur criminal activity, and he demonstrates the shocking rise in gang homicides and the proliferation of gangs across America. Ironically, he writes, the liberal approach to gangs advocated by many (assigning a social worker to a gang, organizing non-violent gang activities) can actually increase group cohesion, which leads to still more criminal activity. And programs to erode that cohesion, Klein tells us from personal experience, can work--but they require intensive, exhausting effort. Street gangs are a real and growing problem in America--but the media and many law enforcement officials continue to dispense misleading ideas about what they are and what they do. In The American Street Gang, Malcolm Klein challenges these assumptions with startling new evidence that must be understood if we are to come to grips with this perceived crisis.
The Great Turning: From Empire to Earth Community
The Great Turning
From Empire to Earth Community
Paperback      ISBN: 1887208089
Kortens classic bestseller "When Corporations Rule the World" outlined the destructive and oppressive nature of the global corporate economy. In this work, he argues that corporate consolidation of power is merely one manifestation of what he calls Empire--the organization of society through hierarchy and violence.
Get Talking and Keep Talking Norwegian Total Audio Course
Get Talking and Keep Talking Norwegian Total Audio Course
Norwegian    Hardcover      ISBN: 1444184180
Combining all the learning from the popular Get Talking Norwegian in Ten Days and Keep Talking Norwegian - Ten Days to Confidence, this beginner audio course will give you the skills and confidence to speak and understand Norwegian.
Common Phrases: And Where They Come from
Common Phrases
And Where They Come from
Paperback      ISBN: 1585746827
Provides the history behind more than 150 well-known English phrases, including bury the hatchet, face the music, kick the bucket, lame duck, lion's share, and nest egg.
The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
The Symbolic Species
The Co-Evolution of Language and the Brain
Hardcover      ISBN: 0393038386
Theorizing that the human brain and language developed in concert, a study of the origin of language argues that the seeds of language grew and developed in pair bonding between proto- and early-human males and females.