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Seven ways of looking at language

Author: Ronald K S Macaulay
Publisher: Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines language through the lenses of meaning, sound, form, communication, identity, history, and symbol.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald K S Macaulay
ISBN: 9780230279308 0230279309 9780230279315 0230279317
OCLC Number: 693517120
Description: xiv, 199 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Language as Meaning --
The meaning of words --
Meaning in context --
Meaning and logic --
Meaning in action --
Reference --
Indirect meaning --
Illocutionary acts --
Indirect speech acts --
Metaphorical meaning --
Polysemy --
Formulaic expressions --
Semantics vs. pragmatics --
The meaning of meaning --
2. Language as Sound --
Spoken language --
The articulation of sounds --
Vowels --
Speech perception --
The stream of speech --
Prosodic features --
3. Language as Form --
Syntax --
The Chomskyan revolution: Phase one --
The Chomskyan revolution: Phase two --
The counter-revolution: Phase one Generative Semantics --
The Chomskyan revolution: Phase three --
The Chomskyan revolution: Phase four --
The counter-revolution: Phase two Functionalism --
The counter-revolution: Phase three Construction Grammars --
Revolution and counter-revolution. 4. Language as Communication --
Spoken language --
Conversation --
Turn-taking rules --
Interruptions --
Minimal responses --
Adjacency pairs --
Speed of response --
Discourse markers --
Breath groups --
Telephone conversations --
The context of communication --
Narratives --
Quoted dialogue --
5. Language as Identity --
Dialectology --
Sociolinguistics --
The study of urban varieties --
Regional differences --
Investigating language variation --
Sociolinguistic methodology --
Understanding variation --
6. Language as History --
Prehistory --
Language reconstruction --
The comparative method --
Types of change --
Neogrammarian hypothesis --
The notion of "a language" --
Evidence of past communities --
Proto-Indo-European (PIE) --
Language families --
Old English --
Corpus-based studies --
Grammaticalization --
Investigating change in progress --
Social factors in change. 7. Language as Symbol --
Sumerian cuneiform --
Syllabic systems --
Alphabetic systems --
Standard languages --
Scribal practices --
West Saxon scriptoria --
Written Middle English --
The emergence of Standard English --
Impact of printing --
English orthography --
Orthography and nationalism --
The role of dictionaries --
Spoken vs. written language --
The transcription of speech --
Literacy --
Afterword --
Phonology --
Morphology --
Evolution of language --
Language development --
Bilingualism and second language learning --
Pidgins and Creoles --
Language disorders --
Onomastics --
Literature.
Responsibility: Ronald K.S. Macaulay.
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