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How English Works A Linguistic Introduction

ISBN-10: 0205605508

ISBN-13: 9780205605507

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Anne Curzan, Michael Adams

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List price: $118.80
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface to Instructors
Letter to Students
A Language like English
The Story of Aks
Language, Language Everywhere
The Power of Language
Name Calling
Judging by Ear
A Question to Discuss: What Makes Us Hear an Accent?
The System of Language
Arbitrariness and Systematicity
A Scholar to Know:Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913)
Human Language versus Animal Communication
Birds and Bees
Chimps and Bonobos
Distinctive Characteristics of Human Language
The Process of Language Change
Language Genealogies
A Question to Discuss: Do Languages Have Families?
Mechanics of Language Change
Progress or Decay?
Attitudes about Language Change
Special Focus: Evolution of Human Language
Suggested Reading
Language and Authority
Who Is in Control?
Language Academies
Language Mavens
Defining Standard English
Descriptive versus Prescriptive Grammar Rules
Case Study One: Double Negatives
Case Study Two: Ainrsquo;t
Case Study Three: Who and Whom
The Status of Prescriptive Rules
Spoken versus Written Language
A Question to Discuss: Which Is More Permanent, the Written or Spoken Word?
Language and Society: Are We Losing Our Memories?
Dictionaries of English
The Earliest Dictionaries of English
The Beginnings of Modern Lexicography
Historical Lexicography
American Lexicography
A Question to Discuss:Should Dictionaries Ever Prescribe?
English Grammar, Usage, and Style
The Earliest Usage Books
Prescriptive versus Descriptive Tendencies in Grammars of English
Modern Approaches to English Usage
Special Focus: Corp

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