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The social art : language and its uses

Author: Ronald K S Macaulay
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1994.
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From a baby's first words to the great works of literature, language plays an integral part in our lives. Yet most of us know very little about the nature of language - what it is, how we learn it, how it works. Indeed, though linguists, philosophers, psychologists, and other thinkers have made great strides in the understanding of language, little of their insight has trickled down to the general public. To remedy  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Einführung
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Macaulay, Ronald K.S.
Social art.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1994
(OCoLC)622312552
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ronald K S Macaulay
ISBN: 0195083822 9780195083828 0195106571 9780195106572
OCLC Number: 29519503
Description: viii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Give a Dog a Name --
2. Learning One's First Language --
3. The Act of Communicating --
4. Prosodic Features --
5. Learning About Words and Their Structure --
6. Discovering the Structure of Language: Syntax --
7. More Syntax --
8. Still More Syntax --
9. Semantics --
10. Pragmatically Speaking --
11. Variety --
12. Regional Dialects --
13. Social Class --
14. Written Language --
15. Register --
16. Style --
17. Sex Differences --
18. The Magic of Words --
19. Rhetoric --
20. Conversation --
21. Narratives --
22. Learning a Second Language --
23. Language Change --
24. The History of English --
25. Indo-European --
26. Languages of the World --
27. Language and Thought --
28. Pronouns --
29. Gender --
30. Pidgins and Creoles --
31. Literature --
32. Children's Lore and Language --
33. Envoi: Confessio Amantis.
Responsibility: Ronald Macaulay.
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This volume introduces lay readers to the world of language. Filled with jokes, anecdotes, quotations and examples, it offers a entree to a range of linguistic knowledge. In 31 brief chapters, the  Read more...

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