LINGUIST List 13.2138

Tue Aug 20 2002

Books: General Ling: Michael Fortescue

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  1. Nan Gerdes, The Domain of Language by Michael Fortescue

Message 1: The Domain of Language by Michael Fortescue

Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2002 16:57:59 -0400 (EDT)
From: Nan Gerdes <>
Subject: The Domain of Language by Michael Fortescue

The Domain of Language

by Michael Fortescue

Museum Tusculanum Press,
University of Copenhagen 2002,
392 pages, hardbound.
ISBN 87-7289-706-6.
GBP30, US$49, EURO59

This book is intended as counter-evidence to the perception that
Linguistics is a matter of dusty schoolroom grammar. The discipline
may appear to outsiders as fragmented and - worse still - lacking in
relevance to the real world outside its gates. This book demonstrates
that Linguistics, in all its varied branches, can be entertaining as
well as thought-provoking, and that its domain is indeed a coherent
one despite all the internecine squabbling. In an unconventional way
Michael Fortescue introduces his subject as a kind of fable with a
historical moral that professional linguists, as well as students,
should enjoy as a commentary on the state of the discipline today.

A sample chapter of the book can be read at the following website:

Michael Fortescue is Professor of Linguistics, University of
Copenhagen. He is the author of Language relations across Bering
Strait: reappraising the archeological and linguistic evidence
(London, 1998), and Pattern and Process: A Whitehedian Perspective on
Linguistics (Amsterdam/Philadelphia, 2001)

For further information, please contact:

Marius Hansteen Museum Tusculanum Press
University of Copenhagen
Phone: +45 35 32 91
Fax: +45 35 32 91 13

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