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Course in General Linguistics
Course in General Linguistics
Paperback      ISBN: 0070165246
Course notes recorded by students at the University of Geneva and the Swiss professor's personal notes form the bases for examination of de Saussure's pioneering work on the functional and structural aspects of human speech
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.
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.
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
Fluent Forever
How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
Paperback      ISBN: 0385348118
The ultimate rapid language-learning guide! For those who’ve despaired of ever learning a foreign language, here, finally, is a book that will make the words stick.At thirty years old, Gabriel Wyner speaks six languages fluently. He didn’t learn them in school -- who does? -- rather, he learned them in the past few years, working on his own and practicing on the subway, using simple techniques and free online resources. In Fluent Forever Wyner reveals what he’s discovered. The greatest challenge to learning a foreign language is the challenge of memory; there are just too many words and too many rules. For every new word we learn, we seem to forget two old ones, and as a result, fluency can seem out of reach. Fluent Forever tackles this challenge head-on. With empathy for the language-challenged and abundant humor, Wyner deconstructs the learning process, revealing how to build a foreign language in your mind from the ground up. Starting with pronunciation, you’ll learn how to rewire your ears and turn foreign sounds into familiar sounds. You'll retrain your tongue to produce those sounds accurately, using tricks from opera singers and actors. Next, you'll begin to tackle words, and connect sounds and spellings to imagery, rather than translations, which will enable you to think in a foreign language. And with the help of sophisticated spaced-repetition techniques, you'll be able to memorize hundreds of words a month in minutes every day. Soon, you'll gain the ability to learn grammar and more difficult abstract words--without the tedious drills and exercises of language classes and grammar books. This is brain hacking at its most exciting, taking what we know about neuroscience and linguistics and using it to create the most efficient and enjoyable way to learn a foreign language in the spare minutes of your day.
Mysteries of the Alphabet: The Origins of Writing
Mysteries of the Alphabet
The Origins of Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 0789205211
The author is a professor (comparative literature), a poet, the author of fiction and non-fiction, and a rabbi, and is affiliated with the Aleph Center for Jewish Studies in Paris and the Bar-Ilan U. in Tel Aviv. This work, translated from the French (1999, Editions Assoudine, Paris) is a charming, visually delightful, information packed exploration of letters, words, and meanings. In particular, it tells how proto-Sinaitic pictograms derived from Egyptian hieroglyphics and discovered in the Sinai at the beginning of the 20th century evolved through the millennia and left their traces on our alphabet. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
Mother Tongue
The Story of the English Language
by Unknown
Paperback      ISBN: 0141040084
Presenting a tour of English from its mongrel origins to its status as the world's most-spoken tongue; its apparent simplicity to its deceptive complexity; its vibrant swearing to its uncertain spelling and pronunciation, this book covers curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to learn and as flexible to use.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Pulitzer Prize finalist author of The Blank Slate presents an accessible study of the relationship between language and human nature, explaining how everything from swearing and innuendo to prepositions and baby names reveal facts about key human concepts, emotions, and relationships.