Languages: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press #ad - He explores the basis for linguistic classification and raises questions about how we identify a language. How many languages are there? are new languages still being discovered? Why are so many languages disappearing? In this Very Short Introduction, eminent linguist Stephen Anderson addresses such questions as he illuminates the science behind languages.

Considering signed languages as well as spoken, Anderson also examines the wider social issues of losing languages, and their impact on vanishing cultures and peoples. Considering a wide range of different languages and linguistic examples, Anderson provides the basic facts about the world's major families of spoken languages and their distribution around the globe.

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Are Some Languages Better than Others?

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Oxford University Press #ad - Dixon begins by outlining what he feels are the essential components of any language, command actions, such as the ability to pose questions, and provide statements. Father's knife'; is it thus a better language, in this respect, than English, which marks all possession in the same way?R. He then discusses desirable features including gender agreement, tenses, and articles, before concluding with his view of what the ideal language would look like - and an explanation of why it does not and probably never will exist.

Father's foot' and the other for something which is owned and can be given away or sold e. G. Written in the author's usual accessible and engaging style, the book will be of interest to all general language enthusiasts as well as to a linguistics student audience, and full of personal anecdotes and unusual linguistic phenomena, and particularly to anyone with an interest in linguistic typology.

Are Some Languages Better than Others? #ad - M. W. This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask: are some languages better than others? Can we say, spoken in the Amazonian jungle, that because German has three genders and French only two, German is a better language in this respect? Jarawara, for instance, has two ways of showing possession: one for a part e.

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Languages of the World: An Introduction

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Cambridge University Press #ad - What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, the new edition of this engaging textbook introduces readers to the rich diversity of human languages, familiarizing students with the variety and typology of languages around the world.

Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Cambridge university press. This introduction is an essential resource for undergraduate courses on language typology, historical linguistics and general linguistics. Numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically.

Languages of the World: An Introduction #ad - Supplementary online resources include illustrations, key term flashcards and useful links. Updated and revised throughout, the second edition includes two new chapters and new pedagogical features, such as 'Advanced' sections, textboxes and 'Did you know?' boxes. Important websites are integrated into the text, and each chapter includes a 'Do it yourself' section, comprising assignments, questions and problem sets.

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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press #ad - Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Beginning at the 'arts' end of the subject with the common origins of languages, and finishing at the 'science' end with the newest discoveries regarding language in the brain, this stimulating guide covers all the major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.

About the series: combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Cambridge university press. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

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Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions

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Oxford University Press #ad - Oxford university Press USA. Oxford university Press USA. The author also looks at language more broadly, the attempts to revive flagging or endangered varieties, the reasons why some languages came to dominate others, examining the ways in which languages rise or fall, and the special dynamics that affect contact between "big" and "small" languages.

In both its role as our most powerful tool of communication and as the most immediate symbolic marker of human affiliation, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field.

This compact volume offers an invaluable introduction to this vital aspect of language. About the series:oxford's very short introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible.

Sociolinguistics: A Very Short Introduction Very Short Introductions #ad - In this very short introduction, john Edwards offers the most up-to-date brief overview available of sociolinguistics, with side trips into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library.

Edwards stresses that, while linguists see all dialects as equally valid, in the wider world powerful attitudes have always placed language varieties in social hierarchies. Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. Cambridge university press.

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Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Language

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Bloomsbury Publishing #ad - Cambridge university press. Deborah fallows has spent a lot of her life learning languages and traveling around the world. Over time, she realized that her struggles and triumphs in studying learning the language of her adopted home provided small clues to deciphering behavior and habits of its people, and its culture's conundrums.

But nothing prepared her for the surprises of learning Mandarin, China's most common language, or the intensity of living in Shanghai and Beijing. Oxford university Press USA. As her skill with mandarin increased, relationships, protocol, a phrase, bits of the language - a word, an oddity of grammar - became windows into understanding romance, humor, and the overflowing humanity of modern China.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons In Life, Love, And Language #ad - Fallows learned, blunt way of speaking which Chinese people sometimes use isn't rudeness, for example, but is, that the abrupt, in fact a way to acknowledge and honor the closeness between two friends. Oxford university Press USA. She learned that english speakers' trouble with hearing or saying tones-the variations in inflection that can change a word's meaning-is matched by Chinese speakers' inability not to hear tones, or to even take a guess at understanding what might have been meant when foreigners misuse them.

Dreaming in chinese is the story of what deborah Fallows discovered about the Chinese language, and how that helped her make sense of what had at first seemed like the chaos and contradiction of everyday life in China.

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An Introduction to the Languages of the World

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Oxford University Press #ad - A chapter is devoted to each of the world's continents, with in-depth analyses of representative languages of Europe, Asia, and America, Oceania, Africa, and separate chapters cover writing systems and pidgins and creoles. Students will gain familiarity with concepts such as sound change, morphological types, and the rich variety of linguistic structure in word order, inflection, lexical borrowing, gender, and language diffusion, grammatical relations, diglossia, and derivation.

For greater readability, basic language facts are now organized in tables, and language samples follow international standards for phonetic transcription and word-by-word glossing. There is an instructor's manual available for registered instructors on the book's companion website. Unique in scope, an introduction to the Languages of the World introduces linguistics students to the variety of world's languages.

An Introduction to the Languages of the World #ad - Oxford university Press USA. Each chapter contains exercises and recommendations for further reading. Cambridge university press. New to this edition are eleven original maps as well as sections on sign languages and language death and revitalization. Oxford university Press USA. It offers the opportunity to explore structures of varying and fascinating languages even with no prior acquaintance.

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Living Language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology Primers in Anthropology

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Wiley-Blackwell #ad - Presents a highly accessible introduction to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world Combines classic studies on language and cutting-edge contemporary scholarship and assumes no prior knowledge in linguistics or anthropology Features a series of updates and revisions for this new edition, including an all-new chapter on forms of nonverbal language Provides a unifying synthesis of current research and considers future directions for the field Cambridge university press.

Oxford university Press USA. Wiley-Blackwell. Oxford university Press USA. Revised and updated, the 2nd edition of living language: An Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology presents an accessible introduction to the study of language in real-life social contexts around the world through the contemporary theory and practice of linguistic anthropology.

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Student Lab Notebook: 100 Spiral Bound duplicate pagesPackage may vary

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Hayden McNeil Publishing #ad - Copy bottom page perforated. Oxford university Press USA. Wiley-Blackwell. 100 carbonless duplicate pages sequentially numbered. Cambridge university press. Table of contents page and How to Keep a Laboratory Notebook guidelines included. Cover contains most up-to-date Periodic Table and general lab reference information.

Fully laminated front and back cover. Used book in Good Condition. Back cover folds over to prevent bleed through between sets. Oxford university Press USA. Durable plasticoil spiral binding allows notebook to lie flat.

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Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press #ad - Wiley-Blackwell. Drawing on examples from their own fieldwork in Indonesia and Mesoamerica, they examine specific ways in which social and cultural anthropology have advanced our understanding of human society and culture. Used book in Good Condition. Oxford University Press. Written by experts for the newcomer, from philosophy to Freud, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, quantum theory to Islam.

If you want to know what anthropology is, look at what anthropologists do, " write the authors of Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford university Press USA. Including an assessment of anthropology's present position, and a look forward to its likely future, Social and Cultural Anthropology will make fascinating reading for anyone curious about this social science.

Social and Cultural Anthropology: A Very Short Introduction #ad - About the series: combining authority with wit, and style, accessibility, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Cambridge university press. This engaging overview of the field combines an accessible account of some of the discipline's guiding principles and methodology with abundant examples and illustrations of anthropologists at work.

Peter just and john monaghan begin by discussing anthropology's most important contributions to modern thought: its investigation of culture as a distinctively human characteristic, its doctrine of cultural relativism, and its methodology of fieldwork and ethnography. Oxford university Press USA.

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Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction

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Oxford University Press #ad - How ought we to live? what really exists? how do we know? This book introduces important themes in ethics, knowledge, Darwin, Aristotle, Hegel, and the self, Descartes, via readings from Plato, and Buddhist writers. Oxford University Press. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.

Oxford university Press USA. Oxford University Press. Oxford university Press USA. Cambridge university press. It emphasizes throughout the point of studying philosophy, explains how different areas of philosophy are related, and explores the contexts in which philosophy was and is studied. About the series: combining authority with wit, and style, accessibility, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics.

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