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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

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Title: Language Teaching
Subtitle: Integrational Linguistic Approaches
Edited By: Michael Toolan
URL: http://routledge.com/9780415957533
Series Title: Routledge Advances in Communication and Linguistic Theory
Description:

This book demonstrates the relevance of an integrational linguistic
perspective to a practical, real-world need, namely the learning of
languages. Integrational linguistics’ shunning of both realist and
structuralist theories of language, its commitment to an unwavering
attention to the perspective of the language user, and its adherence to a
semiology in which signs are the situated products of interactants
interpretive behaviour, mean that it radically reconceptualizes language
learning and language teaching. Detractors have implied that IL is so
‘philosophical’ or ‘theoretical’ an exercise that it has no useful bearing
on the practical problems of language learning. These papers refute that
misconception by demonstrating how an IL stance can help disentangle the
conflicting considerations and contradictory assumptions that arise in a
host of language teaching situations: first, second- and foreign-language
classrooms in a diversity of settings (including India, Australia, the
United States, and Hong Kong), with different age-groups of students,
whether the focus is on speech or writing, and in more informal settings.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0415957532
ISBN-13: 9780415957533
Pages: 182
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
U.S. $ 125.00