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LINGUIST List 19.1038

Sat Mar 29 2008

Books: General Linguistics: Blake

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        1.    Elyse Turr, All About Language: Blake


Message 1: All About Language: Blake
Date: 27-Mar-2008
From: Elyse Turr <elyse.turroup.com>
Subject: All About Language: Blake
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Title: All About Language
Subtitle: A Guide
Published: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Author: Barry J. Blake
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199238392 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 110.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780199238408 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 29.95
Abstract:

In clear, congenial style Barry Blake explains how language works. He
describes the make-up for words and how they're built from sounds and signs
and put together in phrases and sentences. He examines the dynamics of
conversation and the relations between the sound and meaning. He shows how
languages help their users connect to each other and to the world, how they
vary around the world, why they never stop changing, and that no two people
speak a language in the same way. He looks at how language is acquired by
infant children, how it relates to thought, and its operations in the
brain. He investigates current trends and issues such as the leveling of
linguistic class differences and the rise of new secret or in-group
languages such as argot and teenspeak. He describes the history of writing
from its origins to digital diffusion, and ends by looking at how language
might have oriented and then evolved among our distant hominid and primate
ancestors.

Language is a crucial to every aspect of our lives whether we're thinking,
talking, or dreaming. Barry Blake reveals the wonders that lie beneath the
surface of everyday communication, enriching his exposition with a unique
blend of anecdote and humor. His engaging guide is for everyone curious
about language or who needs to know more about it.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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