Languages and Their Speakers

ISBN-10: 0812212509

ISBN-13: 9780812212501

Edition: 1987 (Reprint)

Authors: Timothy Shopen
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Description: Languages and Their Speakers provides an introduction both to languages themselves and to their social functions. Written especially for non-linguistic majors, the book gives insight into the meaning, value, and function of language within a culture and into the ways in which language behavior varies and changes.

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Book details

List price: $26.50
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Publication date: 5/1/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Illustrations
Introduction
Preface to the 1987 Edition
Jacaltec: Field Work in Guatemala
Introduction
Field Methods
The Jacaltec Language
The Linguistic Horizons of Jacaltec Speakers
Suggestions for Further Reading
Maninka
Introduction: Maninka Language and Society
Maninka Grammar
The Use of Language in Maninka Culture
Suggestions for Further Reading
Appendix
Becoming a Competent Speaker of Malagasy
Introduction
Background
Forming Sentences in Malagasy
Malagasy Subjects and Complex Structures
Conditions on the Use of Speech
Behavioral Norms and Speech Usage
Suggestions for Further Reading
How to Talk to Your Brother-in-Law in Guugu Yimidhirr
Embedded Speech
The Language of Cooktown
The Guugu Yimidhirr Language
The Social Context of Speech in Traditional Guugu Yimidhirr Society
Language in the Modern Guugu Yimidhirr Community
Suggestions for Further Reading
Glossary
Japanese: A Story of Language and People
Introduction
A History of Japan
The Structure of Japanese
Japanese and Its Relation to the Environment
Suggestions for Further Reading
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