The Word of Mouth
A New Introduction to Language and Communication
By (author) Geoffrey Finch
Word of Mouth by Geoffrey Finch
Book DescriptionThe study of language has changed enormously over the past two decades. Many of the ideas which have become current in the twenty-first century challenge our notions about who we are and to what extent we are unique in nature. Word of Mouth introduces these ideas to the reader in a fresh, engaging and jargon-free way. It assumes no prior knowledge of language study, just an interest in the power of words and the way they shape and influence our lives. Geoffrey Finch begins with a discussion of the evolution of language, suggesting that the acquisition of language was a cognitive leap forward with significant repercussions for what we understand by the term 'human nature'. Subsequent chapters explore the social and communicative functions of language, its structure and psychology, as well as the impact of electronic media on contemporary usage. Ideal for the general reader and students of language and communication, Word of Mouth is a stimulating introductory guide to a fascinating subject.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333914540
(217mm x 139mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 23-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoffrey Finch
Word of Mouth, Paperback (May 2013)
An introduction to the study of language and communication that explores the impact of language on our lives. Starting from the evolution of language, it goes on to consider the social and communicative functions of language, its structure and psychology, as well as the impact of electronic media on contemporary usage.
English Language and Linguistics Companion, Paperback (April 2010)
A one-stop student resource covering all aspects of studying language and linguistics from the core topics, terms and concepts of the subject to study skills and career pathways. The companion provides a gateway to wider and more specialist reading and will be an essential resource for students to turn to time and time again.
Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics, Paperback (April 2005)
An invaluable glossary of significant language and linguistic terms and concepts designed for students of English Language and Linguistics. The book also provides a very useful overview of the subject as well as covering principal figures in linguistic criticism and their contribution to the subject.
How to Study Linguistics, Paperback (February 2003)» View all books by Geoffrey Finch
This text is suitable for students who are beginning linguistics. It assumes no prior knowledge and contains useful suggestions for developing an understanding of the subject.
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Author Biography - Geoffrey Finch
GEOFF FINCH has taught English at universities in New Zealand and Nigeria and is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Anglia Polytechnic University, where he lectures and writes on both language and literature. He is the author of How to Study Linguistics and Linguistic Terms and Concepts, both of which are in Palgrave Macmillan's How to Study series.
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