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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Understanding Language through Humor
Written By: Stanley Dubinsky
Chris Holcomb
URL: http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item6025098/Understanding%20Language%20through%20Humor/?site_locale=en_US
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Students often struggle to understand linguistic concepts through examples of language data provided in class or in texts. Presented with ambiguous information, students frequently respond that they don't 'get it'. The solution is to find an example of humour that relies on the targeted ambiguity. Once they laugh at the joke, they have tacitly understood the concept, and then it is only a matter of explaining why they found it funny. Utilizing cartoons and jokes illustrating linguistic concepts, this book makes it easy to understand these concepts, while keeping the reader's attention and interest. Organized like a course textbook in linguistics, it covers all the major topics in a typical linguistics survey course, including communication systems, phonetics and phonology, morphemes, words, phrases, sentences, language use, discourses, child language acquisition and language variation, while avoiding technical terminology. Table of Contents 1. Introduction 2. Talking to Garfield: human and animal communication 3. Did I hear that right? The sounds of language 4. Twisted words: word structure and meaning 5. Fitting words together: phrase structure and meaning 6. Meaning one thing and saying another: indirect speech and conversational principles 7. Fitting the pieces together: the structure of discourse 8. 'Kids say the darndest things': children acquiring language 9. Variety is the spice of life: language variation 10. Cross-cultural gaffes: language and culture 11. The language police: prescriptivism and standardization 12. So long, and thanks for all the fish.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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ISBN-13: 9780521713887
Pages: 212
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