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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

Offers a unique view of the English language and its development, and includes witty commentary and anecdotes along the way.


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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: The Development of Language
Subtitle: Functional Perspectives on Species and Individuals
Edited By: Geoff Williams
Annabelle Lukin
Description:

This book presents a unique range of interdisciplinary work on questions of
language development and evolution. It makes visible the significant
contribution which meaning-oriented linguistics is making to debates about
the origins of language - from the perspective of language evolution in the
species (viewed as the evolution of "meaning potential") as well as
language development in the child (viewed as "learning how to mean"). As
well as linguistics in the systemic functional, or Hallidayan, tradition,
the book offers contributions from primatology, psychiatry, sociology and
education. What the authors share is a view of language as a social
semiotic system. By seeing language in this way, and drawing on actual
language corpora, the authors are able to address major questions of deep
social significance, including:
* the roles grammar in the emergence of consciousness, from protolanguage
to higher order consciousness
* the dynamics of language variation, including semantic variation, in
children's development
* children's learning in and about a second language
* the significance of different ways of talking about language for school
literacy development
* understanding borderline personality disorder from the perspective of
language development

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0826488781
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 25.00
U.S. $ 49.95