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Author Macaulay, Ronald K. S

Title Seven ways of looking at language / Ronald K.S. Macaulay

Publ Info Houndsmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, [2011]
2011
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 RWU Main Library  P61 .M33 2011    AVAILABLE
Descript xiv, 199 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 184-192) and index
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
Note Examines language through the lenses of meaning, sound, form, communication, identity, history, and symbol
LC subject Linguistics -- History
ISBN 9780230279308
0230279309
9780230279315 (pbk.)
0230279317 (pbk.)