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Words on Words Quotations about Language and Languages

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ISBN-10: 0226122018

ISBN-13: 9780226122014

Edition: 2000

Authors: David Crystal, Hilary Crystal

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List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/2000
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 587
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.244
Language: English

Introduction
Language
The Nature of Language: The nature and functions of language
Language in Thinking and Thought: Thinking and reasoning in relation to speech and language
Language Myths and Origins: The origins and early history of speech and language
Body Language: Facial expressions, gestures, and other forms of non-verbal communication
Meaning and Sense: The nature of meaning, definition, sense, and nonsense
Words or Deeds: The choice between talk and action, language and living
Ever-changing Language: Continuity and change in language over time; loan words and neologisms
Arguing About Usage: Issues of usage and correctness in language
The Language of Youth and Age: Child language, and the changes between youth and old age
Languages
Language Diversity: The world's languages; language identity, endangerment, maintenance, and death
Languages Observed: The supposed qualities of different languages
Bilingualism and Multilingualism: Being proficient in more than one language
Translating and Interpreting: The task of translation and interpreting
Teaching and Learning: Principles and practices of language teaching and learning
Foreigner Talk: Impressions of foreign languages; speech by and to foreigners
Analysing Language
Exposing Language: Terms and techniques for analysing language; linguistics and philology
Speaking: The nature and functions of speech and speaking
Pronunciation: Speech sounds, vocal organs, and the sound of the voice
Listening: The nature and functions of listening and hearing
Reading: The nature and functions of reading and books
Writing: The nature and functions of writing; techniques of successful writing
Learning to Read and Write: Literacy; spelling and its reform; writing systems
Grammar: Grammar, grammars, and points of grammatical usage
Dictionaries: Dictionaries and lexicographers
Good and Bad Language
The Nature of Eloquence: Oratory, eloquence, rhetoric, and other forms of good or bad expression
The Art of Conversation: Conversational topics and strategies
Subject-matter: Topics, knowledge, opinions, and beliefs as expressed by language
Language Clear and Unclear: Obscurity, vagueness, imprecision, ambiguity, and other issues of clarity
Saying Too Much: Verbosity, long-windedness, and other forms of excessive speech or writing
Saying Just Enough: Brevity, taciturnity, conciseness, and other forms of economy in speech or writing
Keeping Quiet: The nature and functions of silence and pause
Friendly Language: Words of comfort, love, apology, gentleness, praise, and tact
The Language of Flattery: Flattering, smooth, and insincere language
Unfriendly Language: Speaking or writing sharply; sarcasm, ridicule, anger, insult, and slander
Quarrels and Arguments: Quarrelling, disputing, arguing, and debating
Truth and Lies: Telling the truth, lying, secrets, vows, and other promises
Words
Words, Words, Words: Words in general, their nature and function
Words Praised: Words and language praised or celebrated
Words Criticized: Words and language criticized or condemned
Words as Weapons: Words seen as weapons or ammunition
Wise and Foolish Talk: Words of Wisdom or advice; words careless or foolish
Slang: Slang and fashionable language
Swearing: Swearing, cursing, obscenity, and other exclamatory language
Worn-out Words: Cliches, platitudes, euphemisms, and other worn-out expressions
Names and Nicknames: Names and nicknames of people, places, or animals
Words and Expressions: Individual words and expressions praised or condemned
Style, Genre and Variety
The Secret of Style: The nature of style in language
Language in Literature: The use of language in literature and criticism
Poetic Language: The distinctive language of poetry; the differences between poetry and prose
Metaphors and Similes: The use of images in speech and writing
Accents and Dialects: Regional ways of talking, in pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and style
Noblesse Oblige: Language in society; social class and politeness
Men and Women: Opinions and attitudes about male and female speech
Walls of Words: Academic language, and jargon in general
The Language of Politics: The jargon of politics, diplomacy, the civil service, and public administration
The Language of Law: Legal terms, personalities, and procedures
The Language of Religion: Talking to or about God, and other forms of religious language
The Language of Science: The language used in science and technology
The Language of the Media: Communication in the press, advertising, radio, and television
The Performing Arts: The language of theatre, cinema, and mime
The Musical World: Language in relation to music, opera and song
Proverbial Wisdom: Proverbs, maxims, epigrams, and other succinct expressions
Playing with Language: Puns, jokes, anagrams, wit, and other kinds of language play
Personalities: Linguistically distinctive characters in fact and fiction
Postscript
Quoting and Misquoting: The use and abuse of quotations
Index of Authors
Index of Sources
Index of Key Words, Phrases, and Concepts