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How English Works A Linguistic Introduction

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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

Abbreviations 
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)
Creativity
Grammar
Linguistics
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
Summary
Suggested Reading
Exercises
Chapter
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