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Message in the Bottle
Message in the Bottle
Paperback      ISBN: 0374513384
In Message in the Bottle, Walker Percy offers insights on such varied yet interconnected subjects as symbolic reasoning, the origins of mankind, Helen Keller, Semioticism, and the incredible Delta Factor. Confronting difficult philosophical questions with a novelist's eye, Percy rewards us again and again with his keen insights into the way that language possesses all of us.
In Message in the Bottle, Walker Percy offers insights on such varied yet interconnected subjects as symbolic reasoning, the origins of mankind, Helen Keller, Semioticism, and the incredible Delta Factor. Confronting difficult philosophical questions with a novelist's eye, Percy rewards us again and again with his keen insights into the way that language possesses all of us.
S/Z: An Essay
S/Z
An Essay
Paperback      ISBN: 0374521670

Preface by Richard Howard. Translated by Richard Miller. This is Barthes's scrupulous literary analysis of Balzac's short story Sarrasine.

The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature
The Stuff of Thought
Language as a Window into Human Nature
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0670063274

Steven Pinker analyses what words actually mean and how we use them, and he reveals what this can tell us about ourselves. He shows how we use space and motion as metaphors for more abstracted ideas, and uncovers the deeper structures of human thought that have been shaped by evolutionary history.

Pardon My Spanglish
Pardon My Spanglish
Paperback      ISBN: 1594742138

In Pardon My Spanglish, stand-up comedian Bill Santiago chronicles the quintessentially American alegr as of his mother tongue: the quirky, hilariously improvisational fusion of ingl s and espa ol spoken by millions (even if they don't know or admit que est n doing it). With crash-course efficiency, cada p gina de este libro empowers your every step toward Spanglish mastery. How can you not love Spanglish? Twice the vocabulary, half the grammar

Readers will learn:
- The outlaw syntax of Spanglish (as observed by a comedian with no formal training in linguistics whatsoever)
- Advanced tricks of Spanglish conjugation ("to google" Yo googleo, t googleas, nosotros googleamos)
- The Top 10 Best Things About Being Latino (#6: Guaranteed part in high school production of "West Side Story")
- Why "People en Espa ol" should simply be called "Gente"
- Handy corporate Spanglish phrases, including "Feliz hump day"
- The secret Spanglish agenda of Dora the Explorer
- And mucho m s

Full of dead-on observations about immigration paniqueo, "oprima el dos" backlash, and every politically incorrect sentiment in between, Pardon My Spanglish is essential reading for Latinos--and the Latino-curious.
Towards an Ecology of World Languages
Towards an Ecology of World Languages
Paperback      ISBN: 0745629563

In this essential new book Louis-Jean Calvet argues that what we call 'languages' are in fact abstractions invented by linguists as a convenient tool to label the subject-matter of their science. Calvet contends that languages are "alive" and therefore can and should only be approached ecologically.

Get Talking and Keep Talking Norwegian Total Audio Course
Get Talking and Keep Talking Norwegian Total Audio Course
Norwegian    Hardcover      ISBN: 1444184180

When travelling, do you want to journey off the English-speaking path, meet people and speak Norwegian easily?

This great value double course pack contains twenty common scenarios plus culture and travel advice.

Learn the Norwegian you need for:
-introducing yourself and discussing your likes and dislikes
-making a telephone call and arranging to meet
-eating out
-asking for directions, visiting the tourist information and sightseeing
-going to the chemist's
-saying goodbye and going home
-and much more.

You'll progress in your understanding by working out language patterns for yourself, personalize your Norwegian with interactive role-plays and perfect your pronunciation to sound more natural.

This beginner Norwegian course contains two MP3 CDs. You can download the audio files on these discs from your computer to your MP3 player or play them in an MP3 CD player. Also included is a handy phrasebook and a PDF coursebook for reading and writing practice.

Get Talking and Keep Talking Norwegian Pack maps to A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.

Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.
Vanishing Voices: The Extinction of the World's Languages
Vanishing Voices
The Extinction of the World's Languages
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195136241

Few people know that nearly 100 native languages once spoken in what is now California are near extinction, or that most of Australia's 250 aboriginal languages have vanished. In fact, at least half of the world's languages may die out in the next century. What has happened to these voices? Should we be alarmed about the disappearance of linguistic diversity?
The authors of Vanishing Voices assert that this trend is far more than simply disturbing. Making explicit the link between language survival and environmental issues, they argue that the extinction of languages is part of the larger picture of near-total collapse of the worldwide ecosystem. Indeed, the authors contend that the struggle to preserve precious environmental resources-such as the rainforest-cannot be separated from the struggle to maintain diverse cultures, and that the causes of language death, like that of ecological destruction, lie at the intersection of ecology and politics.
And while Nettle and Romaine defend the world's endangered languages, they also pay homage to the last speakers of dying tongues, such as Red Thundercloud, a Native American in South Carolina, Ned Mandrell, with whom the Manx language passed away in 1974, and Arthur Bennett, an Australian, the last person to know more than a few words of Mbabaram.
In our languages lies the accumulated knowledge of humanity. Indeed, each language is a unique window on experience. Vanishing Voices is a call to preserve this resource, before it is too late.

Course in General Linguistics
Course in General Linguistics
Paperback      ISBN: 0231157274

The founder of modern linguistics, Ferdinand de Saussure inaugurated semiology, structuralism, and deconstruction and made possible the work of Jacques Derrida, Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Lacan, thus enabling the development of French feminism, gender studies, New Historicism, and postcolonialism. Based on Saussure's lectures, Course in General Linguistics (1916) traces the rise and fall of the historical linguistics in which Saussure was trained, the synchronic or structural linguistics with which he replaced it, and the new look of diachronic linguistics that followed this change. Most important, Saussure presents the principles of a new linguistic science that includes the invention of semiology, or the theory of the "signifier," the "signified," and the "sign" that they combine to produce.

This is the first critical edition of Course in General Linguistics to appear in English and restores Wade Baskin's original translation of 1959, in which the terms "signifier" and "signified" are introduced into English in this precise way. Baskin renders Saussure clearly and accessibly, allowing readers to experience his shift of the theory of reference from mimesis to performance and his expansion of poetics to include all media, including the life sciences and environmentalism. An introduction situates Saussure within the history of ideas and describes the history of scholarship that made Course in General Linguistics legendary. New endnotes enlarge Saussure's contexts to include literary criticism, cultural studies, and philosophy.
How to Speak Midwestern
How to Speak Midwestern
Paperback      ISBN: 0997774274

Pittsburgh toilet, squeaky cheese, city chicken, shampoo banana, and Chevy in the Hole are all phrases that are familiar to Midwesterners but sound foreign to anyone living outside the region. This book explains not only what Midwesterners say but also how and why they say it and covers such topics as: the causes of the Northern cities vowel shift, why the accents in Fargo miss the nasality that's a hallmark of Minnesota speech, and why Chicagoans talk more like people from Buffalo than their next-door neighbors in Wisconsin. Readers from the Midwest will have a better understanding of why they talk the way they do, and readers who are not from the Midwest will know exactly what to say the next time someone ends a sentence with "eh?".

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

Offers a look at the origins of American English, including why strippers' apparel is called a G-string and what--or who--is the real McCoy