Pardon My Spanglish
One Man's Guide to Speaking the Habla, Porque Because!
Paperback ISBN: 1594742138
Forget your Yinglish. Put aside your Franglais. It's time to brush up your Spanglish the Latino Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of languages that's sweeping the nation! In Pardon My Spanglish, stand-up comic Bill Santiago chronicles the quintessentially American joys of his mother tongue: the quirky, often hilarious fusion of Latino Spanish and American English spoken everywhere from the barrio to the local mall. Readers will learn: The psuedo-syntax of Spanglish (as observed by a comedian with no formal training in linguistics whatsoever) The Top Ten Best Things About Spanglish (#7: Gives you a competitive edge in Spanglish Scrabble) Why People en Espa ol is not simply called Gente Classic gaffes every Spanglish-speaking gringo should avoid ('Estoy embarasado' does not mean you're embarrassed it means you're pregnant) Full of indispensable tips and witty observations, Pardon My Spanglish is a hilarious celebration of Latino culture.
The Secret History of the English Language
Hardcover ISBN: 193363331x
In a hugely enjoyable read with gloriously corrosive prose, MJ Harper slashes and burns through the whole of accepted academic thought about the history of the English Language. According to Harper: 1. English does not derive from Anglo-Saxon. 2. French, Italian, and Spanish did not descend from Latin. 3. Middle English is a wholly imaginary language created by well-meaning by deluded academics. And that’s just the beginning! Part revisionist history, part treatise on the real origins of English, and part impassioned argument against staid academe, The Secret History of the English Language is essential reading for language lovers, history buffs, Anglophiles, and anyone who has ever thought twice about what they’ve learned in school.
If This Be Treason
Translation And Its Dyscontents-A Memoir
Hardcover ISBN: 0811216195
The long-awaited memoir and meditation on the art of translating by the most acclaimed American translator of Latin American literature. Gregory Rabassa's influence as a translator is incalculable. His translations of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude and Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch have helped make these some of the most widely read and respected works in world literature. (Garcia Marquez was known to say that the English translation of One Hundred Years was better than the Spanish original.) In If This Be Treason: Translation and Its Dyscontents Rabassa offers a cool-headed and humorous defense of translation, laying out his views on the art of the craft. Anecdotal, and always illuminating, If This Be Treason traces Rabassa's career, from his boyhood on a New Hampshire farm, his school days "collecting" languages, the two-and-a-half years he spent overseas during WWII, his travels, until one day "I signed a contract to do my first translation of a long work [Cortazar's Hopscotch] for a commercial publisher." Rabassa concludes with his "rap sheet," a consideration of the various authors and the over 40 works he has translated. This long-awaited memoir is a joy to read, an instrumental guide to translating, and a look at the life of one of its great practitioners.
The Marvelous History of Our Alphabet From A to Z
Paperback ISBN: 0767911733
An entertaining and informative study of the mysteries of the alphabet traces the history of alphabetic symbols and inscriptions from ancient times to the present day and offers close-up portraits of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet, detailing each letter's significance, its development, and its role in literature and other media. Reprint.
How Language Works
How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die
Paperback ISBN: 158333291x
Discusses the origins of languages, how children learn to speak, how e-mail differs from both speech and writing, how language reveals a person's social status, and how we decide whether a word is rude or polite.
The Penguin Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory
4th Edition Paperback ISBN: 0140513639
This dictionary contains over 2000 entries on the language of literature, literary criticism and literary theory, covering a wide range of categories including technical terms, genres, themes, personalities, objects and concepts.
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)
How to Speak, How to Listen
Paperback ISBN: 0684846470
Explains the fundamental principles of communicating through speech, with sections on such specialized presentations as the sales talk, the lecture, and question-and-answer sessions and advice on effective listening and learning by discussion
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.