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Exploring language

Author: Gary Goshgarian
Publisher: New York, NY : Longman, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 8th edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: Exploring Language features thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. The text challenges the reader to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. Key topics include Gender and Language; Hate Speech; Language of War; Censorship.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Goshgarian
ISBN: 0321012194 9780321012197 0321022351 9780321022356
OCLC Number: 35849013
Description: xxxvi, 582 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Rhetorical contents --
Paired essays --
Preface --
1: Coming To Language --
Language basics and beginnings --
Language and thought / Susanne K Langer --
Language instinct / Steven Pinker --
Brief history of English / Paul Roberts --
Some personal beginnings --
Wordstruck / Eudora Welty --
Homemade education / Malcolm X --
Man that spelt knife was a fool / Johnny Connors --
Language of silence / Maxine Hong Kingston --
Talking in the new land / Edite Cunha Pedrosa --
2: Some Words On Writing --
Getting Started --
Freewriting / Peter Elbow --
Finding the right words --
Simplicity / William Zinsser --
How to write with style / Kurt Vonnegut --
Selection, slanting, and charged language / Newman P Birk and Genevieve B Birk --
Revising the product --
Maker's eye: revising your own manuscript / Donald M Murray --
Writer / Richard Wilbur --
3: Media And Advertising --
Making the news: journalism or entertainment? --
Journalese as a second tongue / John Leo --
TV news: all the world in pictures / Neil Postman and Steve Powers --
In depth, but shallowly / Dave Barry --
Dumbing down: TV talk-show talk / Tom Shachtman --
Remarking the news: journalism or bias? --
Collective bias / Charles G Russell and Paul Many --
Read all about it! (but don't believe it) / Caryl Rivers --
Terrorism: civilized and barbaric / Edward S Herman --
Two-headed monster / from the Columbia Journalism review --
Making consumers: advertising-manipulation or art? --
With these words I can sell you anything / William Lutz --
Language of advertising / Charles A O'Neill --
Case study: Advertising --
Printed noise / George F Will --
Euphemisms for the fat of the land / Diane White --
Word from our sponsor / Patricia Volk --
4: Language Of Politics --
Propaganda: how it bends language --
How to detect propaganda / Institute for propaganda analysis --
Political double talk: how it bends minds --
Politics and the English language / George Orwell --
Words matter / Anthony Lewis --
Everyspeech / Robert Yoakum --
Next to of course god America I / E E Cummings --
Case study: Warspeak --
Dehumanizing people and euphemizing war / Haig A Bosmajian --
Wars, wimps and women: talking gender and thinking war / Carol Cohn --
When words go to war / Bella English --
Eleven ways of looking at the Gulf War / Arthur Asa Berger --
5: Language And Cultural And Ethnic Identity --
What language is American? --
Bilingualism in America: English should be the only language / S I Hayakawa --
Viva Bilingualism / James Fallows --
Aria: a memoir of a bilingual childhood / Richard Rodriguez --
What do Americans cal themselves? --
Coloring lessons / David Updike --
African and American / Ellen Goodman --
Innocent and presumed ethnic / John Yemma --
Theme for English B / Langston Hughes --
Case study: Black English --
From Africa to the new world and into the space age / Geneva Smitherman --
What's wrong with black English / Rachel L Jones --
6: Slurs, Stereotypes, Swears, And Free Speech --
What's politically correct? --
Bias-free language: some guidelines / Rosalie Maggio --
Word police / Michiko Kakutani --
What do we call others? --
Nigger: the meaning of a word / Gloria Naylor --
Heard any good Jews lately? / Thomas Friedmann --
Etymology of the international insult / Charles F Berlitz --
Defining the American Indian: a case study in the language of suppression / Haig A Bosmajian --
On being a cripple / Nancy Mairs --
Queer / Lillian Faderman --
Discrimination at large / Jennifer A Coleman --
Telephone conversation / Wole Soyinka --
What's dirty language? --
Mind your tongue, young man / Sandra Flahive Maurer --
What dirty words really mean / Dr Joyce Brothers --
Case study: freedom of speech? --
Regulating racist speech on campus / Charles R Lawrence III --
Free speech on campus / Nat Hentoff --
7: Language, Gender, And Sexism --
How does English prejudice us against women and men? --
Sexism in English: a 1990s update / Alleen Pace Nilsen --
English anyone? / Spiro T Agnew --
Gender benders / Jack Rosenthal --
Life as a female gentleman / Lani Guinier --
Real men don't: anti-male bias in English / Eugene R August --
How do women and men talk? --
Sex differences / Ronald Macaulay --
I'll explain it to you: lecturing and listening / Deborah Tannen --
Gender wars in cyberspace / Nathan Cobb --
Hills like white elephants / Earnest Hemingway --
Case study: sexism and the bible --
Is God purple? / Mary Jo Meadow --
Creation of man and woman, from genesis / Revised standard version of the Bible --
God creates humankind, from genesis / Inclusive language lectionary --
Don't rewrite the Bible / Michael Golden --
8: Double Talk, Euphemisms, And Professional Jargon --
Bureaucratic double talk --
Doubts about doublespeak / William Lutz --
Euphemisms: sugarcoating reality --
Euphemisms / Hugh Rawson --
Talking down / Nathan Cobb --
Professional jargon: language of the trades --
Doctor talk / Diane Johnson --
It may not be English, but it's strictly legal / George Gordon Coughlin --
Case study --
Little Red Riding Hood revisited / Russell Baker --
9: Standard And Nonstandard English --
What's good English? --
Good English and bad / Bill Bryson --
Why good English is good for you / John Simon --
Simonspeak / Jim Quinn --
What's not good English? Slang and dialects --
It ain't no big thing / Paul Dickson --
Are accents out? He dude like NEH-oh way! / Patrick Cooke --
Like, uptalk? / James Gorman --
Credits --
Index of authors and titles.
Responsibility: edited by Gary Goshgarian.
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From the Publisher: Exploring Language features thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. The text challenges the reader to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. Key topics include Gender and Language; Hate Speech; Language of War; Censorship.

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