Making Sense of Language Readings in Culture and Communication
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Description: Most of us use language without giving much thought to the way it works or how it functions differently across cultures; however, the ability to use language is perhaps the most uniquely human of all our characteristics. Each of the forty-five readings in Making Sense of Language: Readings in Culture and Communication acts as a window--a particular perspective--on language. Chosen for their accessibility, these classic and contemporary selections engage students in thinking about language and how it relates to many aspects of being human. *A broad range of topics and viewpoints provides the ideal introduction to the study of language and presents instructors with a variety of options for teaching from the text. *Introductions to each part, thematic unit, and reading offer succinct historical and intellectual context to guide students and help them make connections among the topics and articles. *Pre- and post-reading questions, suggested activities, lists of key terms, suggested further readings, and a glossary aid students' understanding of the material. *Alongside canonical works, the volume includes selections on exciting contemporary topics--hip-hop, gossip, and the language of nerds, for example--that are familiar and accessible to students. About the Editor Susan Blum is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. She is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose research has examined an array of issues in China and the United States.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2008
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
|The Nature of Language|
|What is Language?|
|""Smiles, Winks, and Words""|
|""The Origin of Speech""|
|""Nature of the Linguistic Sign""|
|""How Language Works""|
|""Signing and Speaking: Competitors, Alternatives, or Incompatibles?""|
|""Why Gossip is Good for You""|
|""The Orality of Language""|
|""Aspects of Literacy""|