Social Art Language and Its Uses

ISBN-10: 0195187962
ISBN-13: 9780195187960
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters,  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/2/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 9.21" wide x 6.10" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative, swearing, and many others.In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on theories of language development and on the evolution of language. The Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists do.

Give a dog a name
Learning one's first language
The act of communicating
Prosodic features
Learning about words and their structure
Discovering the structure of language : syntax
More syntax
Still more syntax
Semantics
Pragmatically speaking
Theories of language development
Variety
Regional dialects
Social class
Written language
Register
Style
Sex differences
The magic of words
Rhetoric
Conversation
Narratives
Learning a second language
The evolution of language
Language change
The history of English
Indo-European
Languages of the world
Language and thought
Pronouns
Gender
Pidgins and Creoles
Literature
Children's lore and language
Envoi : Confessio Amantis

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