skip to content
The story of language Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The story of language

Author: Mario Pei
Publisher: [New York] : New American Library, 1960, ©1949.
Series: Mentor book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
The late Mario Pei was professor of comparative romance philology at Columbia University, and this book is still one of the few introductions to linguistics that is accessible by the layman. There's not much on Chomskyan transformational grammar and other very technical topics in linguistics, but that's okay, there is a lot to learn about the basic structure and nature of language before one should be tackling  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mario Pei
OCLC Number: 1045233
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 431 pages ; 18 cm.
Contents: The history of language --
Non-linguistic systems of communication --
Theories of language beginnings --
The family relationships of language --
The evolution of language --
Dialects --
The saga of place-names --
The story of personal and family names --
The language of politeness --
The history of writing --
The constituent elements of language --
The compartments of language --
The sounds of language --
Words --
The structure of language --
The arrangement of words --
Semantics and semantic change --
The international language bank --
The great language mint --
Slang, cant, and jargon --
The esthetics of language --
The social function of language --
The indispensability of language --
Language and religion --
Language and the family --
Language and material existence --
Language and economic relations --
Language and political institutions --
Language and superstition --
Language and intolerance --
Language and literature --
Language and science --
Language, education and literacy --
The modern spoken tongues --
The geography of language --
King's English and American language --
Scandinavian, Dutch and German --
The Romance tongues --
The Slavic languages --
Other Indo-European languages --
Possible relatives of Indo-European --
The Far Eastern tongues --
The world's other tongues --
Problems of language learning --
"Easy" and "difficult" languages --
The traditional way --
The innovators --
The reaction : in defense of grammar --
The ideal way? --
An international language --
The translation problem --
Universality and internationality, limited --
Universality by artifice --
Universality via linguistic imperialism --
It can be done.
Series Title: Mentor book.
Responsibility: Mario Pei.

Abstract:

The late Mario Pei was professor of comparative romance philology at Columbia University, and this book is still one of the few introductions to linguistics that is accessible by the layman. There's not much on Chomskyan transformational grammar and other very technical topics in linguistics, but that's okay, there is a lot to learn about the basic structure and nature of language before one should be tackling Chomsky. This includes basic concepts about grammar and the parts of speech, the basic principles of word morphology, phonetics, and phonology, language change and evolution, structural linguistics and de Saussure's important and influential ideas in the area, understanding the major language families and how they differ from each other, and the same for the individual languages in your own language group, and so on. -- from http://www.amazon.co.uk (Feb. 8, 2014).

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

Be the first.
Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1045233> # The story of language
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
   library:oclcnum "1045233" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/992154> ; # Language and languages
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Topic/langage_et_langues> ; # Langage et langues
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85077222> ; # Linguistics
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/410/> ;
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/999202> ; # Linguistics
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Topic/linguistique> ; # Linguistique
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:copyrightYear "1949" ;
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/54221828> ; # Mario Pei
   schema:datePublished "1960" ;
   schema:description "The history of language -- Non-linguistic systems of communication -- Theories of language beginnings -- The family relationships of language -- The evolution of language -- Dialects -- The saga of place-names -- The story of personal and family names -- The language of politeness -- The history of writing -- The constituent elements of language -- The compartments of language -- The sounds of language -- Words -- The structure of language -- The arrangement of words -- Semantics and semantic change -- The international language bank -- The great language mint -- Slang, cant, and jargon -- The esthetics of language -- The social function of language -- The indispensability of language -- Language and religion -- Language and the family -- Language and material existence -- Language and economic relations -- Language and political institutions -- Language and superstition -- Language and intolerance -- Language and literature -- Language and science -- Language, education and literacy -- The modern spoken tongues -- The geography of language -- King's English and American language -- Scandinavian, Dutch and German -- The Romance tongues -- The Slavic languages -- Other Indo-European languages -- Possible relatives of Indo-European -- The Far Eastern tongues -- The world's other tongues -- Problems of language learning -- "Easy" and "difficult" languages -- The traditional way -- The innovators -- The reaction : in defense of grammar -- The ideal way? -- An international language -- The translation problem -- Universality and internationality, limited -- Universality by artifice -- Universality via linguistic imperialism -- It can be done."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/64634613> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isPartOf <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Series/a_mentor_book> ; # A Mentor book ;
   schema:isPartOf <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Series/mentor_book> ; # Mentor book.
   schema:name "The story of language"@en ;
   schema:productID "1045233" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/1045233#PublicationEvent/new_york_new_american_library_1960_1949> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Agent/new_american_library> ; # New American Library
   schema:reviews <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/1045233#Review/1138064089> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/1045233> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Agent/new_american_library> # New American Library
    a bgn:Agent ;
   schema:name "New American Library" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/64634613#Topic/langage_et_langues> # Langage et langues
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Langage et langues"@fr ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh85077222> # Linguistics
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Linguistics"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/992154> # Language and languages
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Language and languages"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/999202> # Linguistics
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Linguistics"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/54221828> # Mario Pei
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:birthDate "1901" ;
   schema:deathDate "1978" ;
   schema:familyName "Pei" ;
   schema:givenName "Mario" ;
   schema:name "Mario Pei" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/1045233#Review/1138064089>
    a schema:Review ;
   schema:itemReviewed <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1045233> ; # The story of language
   schema:reviewBody "The late Mario Pei was professor of comparative romance philology at Columbia University, and this book is still one of the few introductions to linguistics that is accessible by the layman. There's not much on Chomskyan transformational grammar and other very technical topics in linguistics, but that's okay, there is a lot to learn about the basic structure and nature of language before one should be tackling Chomsky. This includes basic concepts about grammar and the parts of speech, the basic principles of word morphology, phonetics, and phonology, language change and evolution, structural linguistics and de Saussure's important and influential ideas in the area, understanding the major language families and how they differ from each other, and the same for the individual languages in your own language group, and so on. -- from http://www.amazon.co.uk (Feb. 8, 2014)." ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.