The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax
And Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language 2nd
By (author) Geoffrey K. Pullum
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Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax by Geoffrey K. Pullum
Book DescriptionHow reliable are all those stories about the number of Eskimo words for snow? How can lamps, flags, and parrots be libelous? How might Star Trek's Commander Spock react to Noam Chomsky's theories of language? These and many other odd questions are typical topics in this collection of essays that present an occasionally zany, often wry, but always fascinating look at language and the people who study it. Geoffrey K. Pullum's writings began as columns in "Natural Language and Linguistic Theory" in 1983. For six years, in almost every issue, under the banner "TOPIC. . .COMMENT, " he published a captivating mé lange of commentary, criticism, satire, whimsy, and fiction. Those columns are reproduced here-- almost exactly as his friends and colleagues originally warned him not to publish them--along with new material including a foreword by James D. McCawley, a prologue, and a new introduction to each of these clever pieces. Whether making a sneak attack on some sacred cow, delivering a tongue-in-cheek protest against current standards, or supplying a caustic review of some recent development, Pullum remains in touch with serious concerns about language and society. At the same time, he reminds the reader not to take linguistics too seriously all of the time. Pullum will take you on an excursion into the wild and untamed fringes of linguistics. Among the unusual encounters in store are a conversation between Star Trek's Commander Spock and three real earth linguists, the strange tale of the author's imprisonment for embezzling funds from the Campaign for Typographical Freedom, a harrowing account of a day in the research life of four unhappy grammarians, and the true story of howa monograph on syntax was suppressed because the examples were judged to be libelous. You will also find a volley of humorous broadsides aimed at dishonest attributional practices, meddlesome copy editors, mathematical incompetence, and "cracker- barrel philosophy of science." These learned and witty pieces will delight anyone who is fascinated by the quirks of language and linguists.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226685342
(215mm x 139mm x 14mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Geoffrey K. Pullum
Student's Introduction to English Grammar, Paperback (February 2005)
A groundbreaking new textbook on English sentence structure for beginning students in colleges and universities.
Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, Hardback (April 2002)
The definitive new grammatical description of international Standard English for contemporary specialists in the language.
Phonetic Symbol Guide, Paperback (July 1996)» View all books by Geoffrey K. Pullum
This is an encyclopedia of phonetic alphabet symbols, providing a complete survey of the many characters used by linguists and speech scientists to record the sounds of the world's languages. It includes 61 new entries, an expanded glossary of phonetic terms, added symbol charts and an index.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey K. Pullum
Geoffrey K. Pullum is professor of linguistics at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
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