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A World of Indigenous Languages by
Publication Date: 2019-05-31
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law by
Call Number: PM 231 .B67 2018
Otter's Journey offers a vibrant account of the possibilities and importance of Indigenous language revitalization.
Making Sense by
Publication Date: 2017-06-01
One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, Crystal sets out to rid grammar of its undeserved reputation as a dry and intimidating subject, pointing out how essential grammar is to clear and effective speech and writing.
Multilingualism and English in Twenty-First-Century Europe by
Call Number: P 380 .M85 2016
Publication Date: 2016-08-29
This book aims to tackle one of the most controversial and important linguistic, educational and societal debates in contemporary Europe. It presents a snapshot of the current relationship between multilingualism and English and explores the challenges generated by this situation.
Are Some Languages Better Than Others? by
Publication Date: 2016-05-24
This book sets out to answer a question that many linguists have been hesitant to ask. The author outlines what he feels are the essential components of any language, desirable features, and what the ideal language would look like, with an explanation of why it does not and probably never will exist.
Why Do Linguistics? Reflective Linguistics and the Study of Language by
Call Number: P 51 .E49 2015
Publication Date: 2015
An engaging introduction to the study of language. Exploring language and language use from a social, intercultural and multilingual perspective, the authors demonstrate the relevance of linguistics in understanding day-to-day interaction. This book will help readers not only to become informed, active observers of language for its own sake, but also to be able to take on and challenge some of the misconceptions, assumptions and prejudices that so often underlie public discussion of language issues.
Words in Time and Place by
Call Number: PE 1075 .C7984 2014
Did you know that the English language has over 150 words for the adjective "drunk" developed over 1,000 years? Published to critical acclaim in 2009, the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary is the first comprehensive thesaurus in the world to arrange words by meaning in order of first recorded use. Using its unique perspective on how the English language has developed, Words in Time and Place takes 15 themes and explores the language in these areas over time - explaining when new words appeared, where they came from, and what such changes say about times in which they emerged.
Imprisoned in English by
Publication Date: 2013-12-06
Imprisoned in English argues that in the present English-dominated world, social sciences and the humanities are locked in a conceptual framework grounded in English and that most scholars in these fields are not aware of the need to break away from this framework to reach a more universal, culture-independent perspective on things human. Indeed they are typically not aware that any problem exists, and resistant to its being pointed out. The book engages with current debates across a range of disciplines, including philosophy, anthropology, sociology, evolutionary science, psychology, and cognitive science, as well as linguistics. The topics include values, emotions, social cognition, intercultural communication, endangered languages, human universals vs. human diversity, the evolution of consciousness, etc. It is a book dedicated to one central idea: the blind spot in contemporary social sciences and the prevailing global discourse on values, the human condition, human relations, and so on, which results from the "invisibility" of English as an increasingly globalized way of thinking and talking.
The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism by
Publication Date: 2012-12-26
Honoured as a 2013 Choice Outstanding Academic Title. Comprising state-of-the-art research, this substantially expanded and revised Handbook discusses the latest global and interdisciplinary issues across bilingualism and multilingualism.
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The Tower of Babel
Source: Tower of Babel: Lucas van Valckenborch (1535 or later–1597) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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