You Know What I Mean?
Words, Contexts and Communication
By (author) Ruth Wajnryb
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You Know What I Mean? by Ruth Wajnryb
Book DescriptionDoes a word mean what it says? Sometimes - but not always. Everyone thinks that meaning is contained within words - like sardines in a tin, or milk in a bottle. After all, words are nice stable things that you can look up in a dictionary aren't they? But dictionaries only take us so far...If you eavesdropped on a teenage conversation, rushing to a dictionary - with its definitions frozen in time - wouldn't help much. Who's using a word and to whom, in what context, for what purpose - all these influence the meaning of the language we use. The word's origins and history (its 'genetics') also help. Try teaching yourself another language from a phrasebook and you'll soon learn that you can be correct, in the formal sense, but still way behind the times in reality. In this book Wajnryb considers these and other questions to explore how and why our language works the way it does.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521703741
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Ruth Wajnryb
You Know What I Mean?, Hardback (September 2008)
Celebrated writer and linguist Ruth Wajnryb explores how and why our language works the way it does.
Cheerio Tom, Dick and Harry, Paperback (July 2007)
From wordmeister Ruth Wajnryb, a witty and thought provoking examination of the words that once peppered our language but are now fading from use.
Language Most Foul, Paperback (December 2005)
Looks at the power of words to shock, offend, insult, amuse, exaggerate, let off steam, establish relationships and communicate deep-felt emotions.
Stories, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Ruth Wajnryb
An exploration of story-telling as discourse through a wide range of teaching activities.
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Author Biography - Ruth Wajnryb
Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer, with a weekly column, WORDS, in The Sydney Morning Herald. She has written many books on language, typically using a linguistic lens to look at social interaction. She is currently writing a detective novel about a forensic linguist.
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