English Language An Owner's Manual

ISBN-10: 0205274595
ISBN-13: 9780205274598
Edition: 1999
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Book details

List price: $118.60
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/22/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 369
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

The English Language: An Owner's Manual is the first text designed to be used in general introductory courses in the English language that is reader friendly, accessible, and fun. Rather than focus on technical linguistics, the book offers a more eclectic set of topics to introduce students to various aspects of language. Its goals are to draw on the daily use of language, especially students' own language; explore the cultural significance of so called traditional grammar as a set of tools and terms; and give students a basic understanding of the modern linguistic view of language as a rule governed system. The focus throughout is on language analysis that students should find more relevant: that language is a system of universal qualities, that it is dynamic and always changing, and that studying it pushes us to rethink the assumptions we have about language.

The Play of Language
Wordplay! The Play of Language
Fun and Games with Language
Language, Magic, and Power
The Dimensions of Discourse
The Nature of Language
What Is Language?
Why Do Linguists Want to Describe Languages?
How Do Linguistics Describe Languages?
Language and Society
Language in Context: Micro-Language Language and Gender
Language and Culture
Language and Organizations
The Politics of Language
Language Suppression
Extended Language
Media and Their Cultures
Rhetoric and Media Analysis
The Medium of Print
The Mass Entertainment Media
Interactive Media
The Fine Arts as Mass Media
Rhetoric in Popular Culture
A Brief History of the English Language
English as a Changing Tongue
The Indo-European Language Family and Its History
Indo-European to Germanic
Old English (449-1100 A.D.)
Middle English (1100-1500 A.D.)
Modern English (1500 A.D.-Present)
World Englishes
Traditions in Grammar
A Brief History of Grammar
A Short Introduction to Grammar
Modern Grammars
The Research Agenda of Modern Syntax
Describing Language
The Generative Syntax Model
Transformations
Comparing Grammars
Comparing Grammars
The Artificial Language Movement
Three Natural Indo-European Languages
Non Indo-European Languages
English as a World Language
Varieties, Dialects, and Registers
The Nature of Variation
Describing Variation
Why Does Language Variation Exist?
Varieties of English
Local and Global Considerations in Language Variation
Language and the Marketplace of Ideas
Speech, Writing, and the Human Record
Literature and the World of Words
Language and the World of Persuasion
Language and Inquiry
Learning Language and Learning through Language
Language and Salvation
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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