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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: Meaning, Discourse and Society
Written By: Wolfgang Teubert
Description:

Meaning, Discourse and Society investigates the construction of reality
within discourse. When people talk about things such as language, the mind,
globalisation or weeds, they are less discussing the outside world than
objects they have created collaboratively by talking about them. Wolfgang
Teubert shows that meaning cannot be found in mental concepts or neural
activity, as implied by the cognitive sciences. He argues instead that
meaning is negotiated and knowledge is created by symbolic interaction,
thus taking language as a social, rather than a mental, phenomenon.
Discourses, Teubert contends, can be viewed as collective minds, enabling
the members of discourse communities to make sense of themselves and of the
world around them. By taking an active stance in constructing the reality
they share, people thus can take part in moulding the world in accordance
with their perceived needs.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521885655
ISBN-13: 9780521885652
Prices: U.K. £ 60.00
U.S. $ 99.00