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News Is a Verb: Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century
News Is a Verb
Journalism at the End of the Twentieth Century
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0345425286
The nationally prominent New York City journalist assesses the state of modern journalism with a critical but hopeful eye, covering such topics as the relationship between tabloid and traditional journalism and the death of Diana. Original.
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
Paperback      ISBN: 0380713810
A history of the American English language consists of entertaining anecdotes that reveal the bizarre and often humorous origins of such familiar words as "Hollywood" and "macaroni." Reprint.
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.
Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World
Empires of the Word
A Language History of the World
Paperback      ISBN: 0060935723
An offbeat natural history of language takes readers from the educational and cultural innovators of Sumeria, to the resilience of Chinese, to the global spread of English, in a volume that offers linguistic perspectives on numerous past and present civilizations. Reprint.
Paperback      ISBN: 0374521670
Preface by Richard Howard. Translated by Richard Miller. This is Barthes's scrupulous literary analysis of Balzac's short story "Sarrasine."
Knowledge of Language: Its Nature, Origin, and Use
Knowledge of Language
Its Nature, Origin, and Use
Paperback      ISBN: 0275917614
"Why do we know so much more than we have evidence for in certain areas, and so much less in others? In tackling these questions--Plato's and Orwell's problem--Chomsky again demonstrates his unequalled capacity to integrate vast amounts of material." David W. Lightfoot, University of Maryland "I feel that it is his most persuasive defense of the idea that the study of linguistic structure provides insight into the human mind." Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington
The Minimalist Program
The Minimalist Program
Paperback      ISBN: 0262531283
The Minimalist Program consists of four recent essays that attempt to situate linguistic theory in the broader cognitive sciences. In these essays the minimalist approach to linguistic theory is formulated and progressively developed. Building on the theory of principles and parameters and, in particular, on principles of economy of derivation and representation, the minimalist framework takes Universal Grammar as providing a unique computational system, with derivations driven by morphological properties, to which the syntactic variation of languages is also restricted. Within this theoretical framework, linguistic expressions are generated by optimally efficient derivations that must satisfy the conditions that hold on interface levels, the only levels of linguistic representation. The interface levels provide instructions to two types of performance systems, articulatory-perceptual and conceptual- intentional. All syntactic conditions, then, express properties of these interface levels, reflecting the interpretive requirements of language and keeping to very restricted conceptual resources. The Essays Principles and Parameters Theory. Some Notes on Economy of Derivation and Representation. A Minimalist Program for Linguistic Theory. Categories and Transformations in a Minimalist Framework.
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.
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 (
Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language
Inventing English
A Portable History of the Language
Hardcover      ISBN: 023113794x
Presents a history of the English language, beginning with the Old English of the seventh century, through the Great Vowel Shift between the time of Chaucer and Shakespeare, and the later full emergence of modern English.