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The Domestication of Language: Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal

by Daniel Cloud Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them...


The Naming of the Shrew

by John Wright Bloomsbury Publishing (November 06, 2014)

Latin names Â? frequently unpronounceable, all too often wrong and always a tiny puzzle to unravel Â? have been annoying the layman since they first became formalised as scientific terms in the eighteenth...


The Word at War

by Philip Gooden & Peter Lewis Bloomsbury Publishing (September 25, 2014)

War words have embedded themselves in our collective psyche; British politicians are fond of invoking the 'Dunkirk spirit' whenever the country is faced with major crisis or even minor adversity, and Roosevelt's...


From Silence to Voice

by Paola Della Valle Oratia Books (April 02, 2012)

Before the 1970s, Maori existed in New Zealand literature as figures created by Pakeha writers. The Maori renaissance of the 1970s changed all that. Fiction writers led by Ihimaera and Grace challenged earlier...


Dictionary of Contemporary Slang

by Tony Thorne Bloomsbury Publishing (February 27, 2014)

With more than 7,000 definitions, this book provides a definitive guide to the use of slang today. It deals with drugs, sport and contemporary society, as well as favourite slang topics such as sex and bodily...


Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

by Rey Chow Columbia University Press (September 23, 2014)

Although the era of European colonialism has long passed, misgivings about the inequality of the encounters between European and non-European languages persist in many parts of the postcolonial world. This unfinished...


Proust and the Squid

by Maryanne Wolf Harper Perennial (August 01, 2017)

"Human beings were never born to read," writes Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and child development expert Maryanne Wolf. Reading is a human invention that reflects how the brain rearranges itself...


Raising Bilingual Children

by Maritere Rodriguez Bellas Atria Books (September 02, 2014)

For most immigrant parents in America today, raising bilingual children is not a choice or a decision, but rather a way of life. Yet teaching children their parents’ native language often comes second to ensuring...


The Greek & Latin Roots of English

by Tamara M. Green Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (July 17, 2014)

The Greek & Latin Roots of English approaches the study of Latin and Greek thematically: vocabulary is organized into various topics, from politics to philosophy, with chapters featuring cumulative exercises...


Invisible Language: Its Incalculable Significance for Philosophy

by Garth L. Hallett Lexington Books (March 06, 2014)

Invisible Language: Its Incalcuable Significance for Philosophy affirms that a greater awareness of language, philosophy's universal medium, could have altered the history of philosophy beyond recognition. Striking...


Willingness to Communicate in the Chinese EFL University Classroom: An Ecological Perspective

by Jian-E Peng Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

This book presents mixed-methods research into Chinese students' willingness to communicate (WTC) in an EFL classroom context. The interrelationships between WTC and motivation, communication confidence, learner...


The Acquisition of Sociolinguistic Competence in a Lingua Franca Context

by Mercedes Durham Multilingual Matters (February 24, 2014)

In a world where an increasing amount of communication takes place in English among non-native speakers, this study presents data from email exchanges to provide the first examination of sociolinguistic competence...


Language, Migration and Social Inequalities: A Critical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Institutions and Work

by Alexandre Duchêne, Melissa Moyer & Dr. Celia Roberts Multilingual Matters (November 12, 2013)

Migration and the mobility of citizens around the globe pose important challenges to the linguistic and cultural homogeneity that nation-states rely on for defining their physical boundaries and identity, as...


Yiddish Given Names: A Lexicon

by Rella Israly Cohn Scarecrow Press (September 05, 2008)

This is a lexicon of Yiddish given names, preceded by four chapters of material that explains the lexical conventions, the historical environment, and the research applicable to this subject.


Globally Speaking: Motives for Adopting English Vocabulary in Other Languages

by Prof. Judith Rosenhouse & Rotem Kowner Multilingual Matters (May 22, 2008)

This volume accounts for the motives for contemporary lexical borrowing from English, using a comparative approach and a broad cross-cultural perspective. It investigates the processes involved in the penetration...


Identity and Language Learning: Extending the Conversation

by Prof. Bonny Norton Multilingual Matters (September 27, 2013)

Identity and Language Learning draws on a longitudinal case study of immigrant women in Canada to develop new ideas about identity, investment, and imagined communities in the field of language learning and...


Much Ado About Nonexistence: Fiction and Reference

by Avrum Stroll & Hatem Rushdy Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 26, 2007)

Fiction, Reference, and Nonexistence contains a new, contemporary theory of fiction and discusses the connection between language and reality. Martinich and Stroll, two of America's leading philosophers, explore...


Collaborative Writing in L2 Classrooms

by Dr. Neomy Storch Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

In this first book-length treatment of collaborative writing in second language (L2) classrooms, Neomy Storch provides a theoretical, pedagogical and empirical rationale for the use of collaborative writing...


Archaeology, Language, and the African Past

by Roger Blench AltaMira Press (June 22, 2006)

Scholarly work that attempts to match linguistic and archaeological evidence in precolonial Africa


The Song of the Sirens and Other Essays

by Pietro Pucci Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (November 28, 1997)

In this collection of his essays on Homer, some new and some appearing for the first time in English, the distinguished scholar Pietro Pucci examines the linguistic and rhetorical features of the poet's works....


Linguistic and Cultural Acquisition in a Migrant Community

by Prof. David Singleton, Prof. Vera Regan & Ewelina Debaene Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book provides a linguistic and cultural profile of the Polish diasporic communities in three different European countries: Ireland, France and Austria. The eight contributing chapters present original research...


Self and Identity in Adolescent Foreign Language Learning

by Dr. Florentina Taylor Multilingual Matters (July 04, 2013)

This book explores the role of identity in adolescent foreign language learning to provide evidence that an identity-focused approach can make a difference to achievement in education. It uses both in-depth...


The Affective Dimension in Second Language Acquisition

by Danuta Gabrys-Barker & Joanna Bielska Multilingual Matters (May 03, 2013)

Affectivity is at the core of everything we do in life. Thus, its development is also central to learning/acquisition and is important for educational contexts. The studies presented in this volume consider...


Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases We Use Everyd

by Albert Jack HarperCollins e-books (October 13, 2009)

Mad hatter . . . pie in the sky . . . egg on your face. We use these phrases every day, yet how many of us know what they really mean or where they came from?

From bringing home the bacon to leaving no stone...


The Riddle of the Labyrinth

by Margalit Fox Ecco (May 14, 2013)

In the tradition of Simon Winchester and Dava Sobel, The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code tells one of the most intriguing stories in the history of language, masterfully blending...


Women as Translators in Early Modern England

by Deborah Uman University of Delaware Press (April 12, 2012)

This book considers both the practice and representation of translation in works penned by early modern women including Margaret Tyler, Mary Sidney Herbert, Anne Lock, Katherine Philips, and Aphra Behn.


Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English

by John Mark Sheppard eBookIt.com (January 03, 2013)

"Cracking the Code: The Confused Traveler's Guide to Liberian English" is the brainchild of John Mark Sheppard, who moved with his family from the United States to Liberia when he was just three years old. He...


Survival and Development of Language Communities: Prospects and Challenges

by F. Xavier Vila Moreno Multilingual Matters (November 09, 2012)

Too small to be big, but also too big to be really small, medium-sized language communities (MSLCs) face their own challenges in a rapidly globalising world where multilingualism and mobility seem to be eroding...


What We Say, Who We Are: Leopold Senghor, Zora Neale Hurston, and the Philosophy of Language

by Parker English Lexington Books (October 26, 2009)

In What We Say, Who We Are, Parker English explores the commonality between Leopold Senghor's concept of "negritude" and Zora Neale Hurston's view of "Negro expression." For English, these two concepts emphasize...


Beyond Pure Reason: Ferdinand de Saussure's Philosophy of Language and Its Early Romantic Antecedents

by Boris Gasparov Columbia University Press (September 18, 2012)

The Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857–1913) revolutionized the study of language, signs, and discourse in the twentieth century. He successfully reconstructed the proto-Indo-European vowel system,...


The Present Personal

by Hagi Kenaan Columbia University Press (January 22, 2005)

Is philosophy deaf to the sound of the personal voice? While philosophy is experienced at admiring, resenting, celebrating, and, at times, renouncing language, philosophers have rarely succeeded in being intimate...


Creatures of Politics: Media, Message, and the American Presidency

by Michael Lempert & Michael Silverstein Indiana University Press (September 12, 2012)

It's a common complaint that a presidential candidate's style matters more than substance and that the issues have been eclipsed by mass-media-fueled obsession with a candidate's every slip, gaffe, and peccadillo....


Emerging Traditions: Toward a Postcolonial Stylistics of Black South African Fiction in English

by Vicki Briault Manus Lexington Books (July 10, 2012)

The book, an academic monograph, is a comprehensive study of the socio-linguistics of black South African literature in English from its beginnings, grounded in historical and political change as befits a postcolonial...


Using Film and Media in the Language Classroom

by Dr. Carmen Herrero & Isabelle Vanderschelden Multilingual Matters (July 02, 2019)

This book demonstrates the positive impact of using film and audiovisual material in the language classroom. The chapters are evidence-based and address different levels and contexts of learning around the world....


Profiling Learner Language as a Dynamic System

by Dr. ZhaoHong Han Multilingual Matters (July 02, 2019)

This volume sheds empirical light on Complex Dynamic Systems Theory (CDST) by providing five sets of analyses of two longitudinal, interactional datasets, involving two dyads exchanging emails over one academic...


Interjections, Translation, and Translanguaging

by Rosanna Masiola Lexington Books (December 05, 2018)

This book is about interjections and their transcultural issues. Challenging the marginalization of the past, the ubiquity of interjections and translational practices are presented in their multilingual and...


After Piaget

by Eduardo Marti & Cintia Rodriguez Transaction Publishers (August 14, 2012)

“Highly recommended.” —D. M. Chirico, Choice This collection of essays looks at the achievements of Jean Piaget and how his ideas have advanced long after his death. This cutting edge work brings together...


Second Language Literacy Practices and Language Learning Outside the Classroom

by Miho Inaba Multilingual Matters (November 21, 2018)

This book presents a comprehensive and detailed study of literacy practices and language use outside of the classroom by university students of Japanese. It investigates both tasks related to classes (e.g. homework...


Art of Styling Sentences

by Ann Longknife & K.D. Sullivan Barrons Educational Series (June 20, 2012)

A must-have for any student or aspiring writer, this book reviews the fundamentals of good sentence structure: Conventions of writing style change in subtle ways with passing years—a fact that prompts the...


Meeting Foreignness

by Paola Giorgis Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

How is Foreignness defined by language? Who has the power to define the ‘foreigner’ as such, on which grounds, from which positioning, for which purposes? And within such premises, which is the role of foreign...


Language Rights and the Law in the United States and Its Territories

by Eduardo Faingold Lexington Books (October 15, 2018)

This book analyzes the language policies that result from the promulgation of linguistic rights in the constitutions and statutes of the United States and its territories. The United States is a nation in which...


Talk, Text and Technology: Literacy and Social Practice in a Remote Indigenous Community

by Inge Kral Multilingual Matters (July 26, 2012)

Talk, Text and Technology is an ethnographic exploration of language, learning and literacy in remote Indigenous Australia. This unique work traces the historical transformation of one Indigenous group across...


Second Language Socialization and Learner Agency

by Lyn Wright Fogle Multilingual Matters (August 02, 2012)

This book examines how Russian-speaking adoptees in three US families actively shape opportunities for language learning and identity construction in everyday interactions. By focusing on a different practice...


That Should Be a Word

by Lizzie Skurnick Workman Publishing Company (April 07, 2015)

Finally there’s a word for it: Fidgital—excessively checking one’s devices. Martyrmony—staying married out of duty. Author of the highly popular “That Should Be a Word” feature in the New York Times...


Profiles of Dual Language Education in the 21st Century

by Prof. M. Beatriz Arias & Molly Fee Multilingual Matters (September 01, 2018)

In the last 20 years dual language education programs have increased in number and expanded in range. Whereas once they were predominantly focused at the elementary level, they now span from pre-K through to...


Mind Matters in SLA

by Dr. Clare Wright, Prof. Thorsten Piske & Dr. Martha Young-Scholten Multilingual Matters (September 21, 2018)

This book examines key issues in theories of what language is and what happens in the mind during second language acquisition (SLA), inspiring readers to think in new and exciting ways about language learning...


Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication

by Linda Manashe, Koliswa Moropa, Andre M Mostert & Ndimande-Hlongwa et al. Wits University Press (May 01, 2017)

To date, there has been no published textbook which takes into account changing sociolinguistic dynamics that have influenced South African society. Multilingualism and Intercultural Communication breaks new...


Sheng

by Chege Githiora James Currey (November 16, 2018)

African multilingualism is changing the languages and identities of urban communities, and indeed entire nations. Sheng, a non-standard variety of Kenyan Swahili closely associated with Nairobi's low-income...


Putting God on the Map

by Jakob Karl Rinderknecht, Erin Kidd, J. M. J. Hadley & Julia Feder et al. Fortress Academic (September 15, 2018)

Since the middle of the last century, the emergence and development of fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, evolutionary science, cognitive linguistics, and neuroscience have led to a greater understanding...


Constructing Feminine to Mean

by Abdelkader Fassi Fehri Lexington Books (August 15, 2018)

Linguistic gender is a complex and amazing category that has puzzled and still puzzles theoretical linguists, typologists, philosophers, cognitive scientists, didacticians, as well as scholars of anthropology,...