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LINGUIST List 19.2936

Fri Sep 26 2008

Books: Discourse Analysis/Pragmatics/Discipline of Ling: Erard

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        1.    Michael Erard, Um . . . Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean: Erard

Message 1: Um . . . Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean: Erard
Date: 16-Sep-2008
From: Michael Erard <michael.erardgmail.com>
Subject: Um . . . Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean: Erard
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Title: Um . . .
Subtitle: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean
Published: 2008
Publisher: Random House

Book URL: http://www.randomhouse.com/acmart/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781400095438

Author: Michael Erard
Paperback: ISBN: 9781400095438 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 14.95

-- Um... is the first book ever written for a general audience about speech
errors (including malapropisms, Spoonerisms, Freudian slips, eggcorns,
Bushisms) and speech disfluencies (filled pauses like "uh" and "um," silent
pauses, repairs, sentence restarts, repeated words). It's lively and
engaging, designed to keep a reader's attention, and it communicates
linguistic ideas accurately and in depth.

-- When used in undergraduate courses, it generates lively discussions
among students about language and the brain, the history of language, norms
for speaking, and language discrimination. The book is also a good platform
for fieldwork, media observation, critical writing exercises, and other

-- It contains some history of the field of linguistics, which students
don't usually receive.

-- I interviewed dozens of linguists and psycholinguists and delved into
the research literature in order to explain how often these phenomena
occur, why they occur, and why they're scientifically interesting -- not
just funny "stumbles" or discrediting "verbal crutches" that we should
avoid. Among your colleagues who appear in its pages: Vicki Fromkin,
Merrill Garrett, Arnold Zwicky, Jeri Jaeger, Rulon Wells, Herb Clark, Jean
E. Fox Tree, Ann Cutler, Heather Bortfeld, Gary Dell, Bernard Baars, and
many others.

-- "An enjoyable tour of linguistic mishaps...Rewarding... It reveals the
dynamic nature of the human mind." The Wall Street Journal said that
"Erard's enthusiasm for his subject is infectious. He gets you wondering
about blundering." -The New York Times Book Review

To order a desk copy, contact Claire Kelley at ckelleyrandomhouse.com or
go to http://www.randomhouse.com/academic/examcopy.

If you decide to use Um... in a course, I can be available for web-based
visits with your class. For more about the book, including all the reviews,
go to http://www.umthebook.com.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng )

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