Language Matters

ISBN-10: 1403936285

ISBN-13: 9781403936288

Edition: 2006

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Description: Language Matters provides an approachable introduction to the study of language, focusing on the questions that non-specialists often ask about the subject. Taking a non-technical approach, the book explores the core areas of language study and sets out to answer fundamental questions about the origin and development of languages, the structure of languages, how language interacts with social structures and how our brains deal with language.

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 4/19/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

List of Boxes
List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Origin and Development of Language
Where Does Language Come From?
Why Don't We All Talk the Same?
Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Linguistic Relations
Bee Talk and Monkey Chatter
Language Structures
How Do You Spell Accommodation?
How Many Words Do the Eskimos Use?
Going On and On: the Never-ending Story
Primitive Languages
Who Needs Grammar?
Mobile Messages
Language and Society
How Do We Lose Languages and Does It Matter?
What Shall I Call You?
Do Women and Men Speak Differently?
Sexist Language and Linguistic Sexism
What Language Do You Use to Your Grandmother?
Why Can't People in Birmingham Talk Right?
Language, Brain and Mind
Why My Feets Hurted?
Does Bilingualism Rot the Brain?
Building Another Tongue
You've Tasted the Whole Worm
Is Language a Strait-jacket?
When Language Breaks Down
Conclusion: Who Cares about Language?
Language Index
General Index
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