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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: Language and Human Relations
Subtitle: Styles of Address in Contemporary Language
Written By: Catrin Norrby
Jane Warren
Description:

The way in which people address one another is crucial to expressing social
relationships and is closely linked with cultural values. In English we
call some people by their first names, and others “Mr” or “Ms”, followed by
their surname. In some other languages there are different ways of saying
“you” depending on the degree of social distance. Exploring practices in
the family, school, university, the workplace and in letters, this book
reveals patterns in the varied ways people choose to address one another,
from pronouns to first names, from honorifics to titles and last names.
Examples are taken from contemporary English, French, German and Swedish,
using rich data from focus group research, interviews, chat groups, and
participant observation.

2009/200 pp./26 tables

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
French
German
Swedish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521870623
ISBN-13: 9780521870627
Prices: U.S. $ 99.00
U.K. £ 55.00