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Language Myths by Laurie Bauer
Book DescriptionThis is a unique collection of original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. The topics discussed focus on some of the most popular myths about language: the media are ruining English; children can't speak or write properly anymore; and, America is ruining the English language. The tone is lively and entertaining throughout and there are cartoons from Doonesbury and The Wizard of Id to illustrate some of the points. The book should have a wide readership not only amongst students who want to read leading linguists writing about popular misconceptions but also amongst the large number of people who enjoy reading about language in general.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780140260236
(198mm x 129mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Nov-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurie Bauer
Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology, Paperback (August 2015)
The first comprehensive description of English word formation covers inflection and derivation, compounding, conversion, and minor processes such as subtractive morphology. It combines theory-neutral presentation of data with theoretically informed analysis. Winner of the 2015 Bloomfield Book Award and written by three outstanding scholars.
Beginning Linguistics, Hardback (May 2012)
This introduction to linguistics for the absolute beginner focuses on the core topics of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Theoretically-neutral, each essential topic is covered in depth and the author's engaging style encourages interaction from students by using regular short questions to check comprehension.
Linguistics Student's Handbook, Hardback (April 2007)
A compendium of useful things for linguistics students to know, from the IPA chart to the Saussurean dichotomies, this book will be the constant companion of anyone undertaking studies of linguistics.
Language Matters, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by Laurie Bauer
Provides a non-technical introduction to the study of language. This work focuses on questions such as: Where does language come from? Why don't we all talk the same? Who needs grammar? Pitched at a level which is suitable for students with no experience of linguistics, it offers an introduction to language approaches.
UK Kirkus Review » If we think the Media Are Ruining English, or French Is a Logical Language, that Women Talk Too Much and Everyone Has an Accent but Me, we are wrong and 'prejudices based on the way other people speak are akin to racism and sexism'. The professional linguists who contribute to this book show that often these pet beliefs are what it was once politically permissible to call old wives' tales, or national or social snobberies with no linguistic justification. Some of these knock-down arguments are naturally more convincing than others, but this is a wide-ranging and lively collection. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Laurie Bauer
Peter Trudgill and Laurie Bauer are both respected linguists. Trudgill has written many books for Penguin (including Sociolinguistics which has sold 130,000 copies since it was first published in 1974). Other contributors include Jean Aitchison (Professor of Language at Oxford), Lars Gunnar-Andersson (co-author of Bad Language with Trudgill) and Janet Holmes (Women, Men and Politeness, 1995, Longman). Peter Trudgill lives in Lausanne (and sometimes Norwich.) Laurie Bauer lives in New Zealand.
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