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Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World

By Nicholas Ostler

Nicholas Ostler's Empires of the Word is the 1st background of the world's nice tongues, gloriously celebrating the beauty of phrases that binds groups jointly and makes attainable either the dwelling of a standard background and the telling of it. From the uncanny resilience of chinese language via twenty centuries of invasions to the attractive self-regard of Greek and to the struggles that gave delivery to the languages of contemporary Europe, those epic achievements and extra are brilliantly explored, as are the attention-grabbing mess ups of as soon as "universal" languages. A greatest, authoritative, and noteworthy paintings, it demonstrates how the language background of the area eloquently unearths the true personality of our planet's various peoples and prepares us for a linguistic destiny packed with surprises.

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Manipulation and Ideologies in the Twentieth Century: Discourse, language, mind (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture)

This ebook is a suite of 12 papers facing manipulation and beliefs within the twentieth century, often just about political speeches by way of the leaders of significant totalitarian regimes, but in addition addressing propaganda inside modern right-wing populism and western ideological rhetoric. This e-book goals at bringing jointly researchers within the box of ideology copy with the intention to higher comprehend the underlying mechanisms of speaker-favourable trust inculcation via language use. The publication covers a variety of theoretical views, from psychosocial techniques and discourse research to semantics and cognitive linguistics and pragmatics. The book’s imperative hindrance is to supply not just a reference paintings with up to date details at the research of manipulation in discourse but in addition a couple of instruments for the student, a few of them being built inside of theories initially now not designed to deal with belief-change via language interpretation. Foreword by means of Frans van Eemeren.

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Metaphor and Emotion: Language, Culture, and Body in Human Feeling (Studies in Emotion and Social Interaction)

By Zoltán Kövecses

This e-book demanding situations the simplistic department among the physique and tradition by means of displaying how human feelings are to a wide quantity 'constructed' from members' embodied stories in numerous cultural settings. Kovecses illustrates via exact cross-linguistic analyses what percentage emotion options replicate ordinary metaphorical styles of idea. those emotion metaphors come up from ordinary embodied reports, one the reason is, human feelings throughout many cultures comply with definite easy biological-physiological strategies within the human physique and of the physique interacting with the exterior international. The view proposed the following demonstrates how cultural features of feelings, metaphorical language concerning the feelings, and human body structure in emotion are all a part of an built-in method. Kovecses convincingly indicates how this built-in process issues to the reconciliation of the doubtless contradictory perspectives of organic reductionism and social constructionism in modern debates approximately human emotion.

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German: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Essential Grammars)

German: a vital Grammar is a realistic reference advisor to the middle constructions and lines of recent German. proposing a clean and available description of the language, this enticing grammar makes use of transparent, jargon-free reasons and units out the complexities of German in brief, readable sections.

Suitable for both self sustaining examine or for college students in colleges, schools, universities and grownup schooling sessions, key beneficial properties include:

  • focus at the morphology and syntax of the language
  • clear causes of grammatical phrases
  • full use of real examples
  • a distinctive contents record and index for simple entry to information.

With an emphasis at the German local audio system use this present day, German: a vital Grammar will support scholars to learn, converse and write the language with better confidence.

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Concise Encyclopedia of Brain and Language (Concise Encyclopedias of Language and Linguistics)

By Harry A. Whitaker

This quantity descibes, in updated terminology and authoritative interpretation, the sector of neurolinguistics, the technology desirous about the neural mechanisms underlying the comprehension, creation and summary wisdom of spoken, signed or written language. An edited anthology of one hundred sixty five articles from the award-winning Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics 2d version, Encyclopedia of Neuroscience 4th variation and Encyclopedia of the Neorological Sciences and Neurological Disorders, it offers the main complete one-volume reference answer for scientists operating with language and the mind ever released.

* Authoritative evaluate of this dynamic box positioned in an interdisciplinary context
* Approximately one hundred sixty five articles through leaders within the field
* Compact and reasonable single-volume layout

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Russian Learners' Dictionary: 10,000 Russian Words in Frequency Order

This dictionary comprises 10,000 Russian phrases so as of significance beginning with the commonest and completing with phrases that happen approximately eight instances in one million. the entire phrases have English translations, many have examples of utilization and the entries contain details on pressure and grammatical irregularities. there's additionally an entire alphabetical index to the phrases within the list.
A learner who is familiar with all or every one of these 10,000 phrases could be considered as efficient in Russian for all general reasons. The record takes you from a beginner's middle vocabulary via to postgraduate point.

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Premier Cours De Linguistique Générale (1907)/Saussure's First Course of Lectures on General Linguistics (1907) (Language & Communication Library volume 15)

By Ferdinand de Saussure, Eisuke Komatsu, George Wolf

Saussure's Cours de linguistique générale has been one of many seminal books of the 20th century, having formed glossy linguistics and semiology, and having importantly affected anthropology, philosophy and literary reports. but the e-book was once written by means of Saussure's colleagues, in line with pupil notes taken throughout the 3 events while Saussure gave his lectures on basic linguistics. For Saussure's first direction, the notebooks of Albert Riedlinger are definitely the easiest and the main distinct. they've got loomed huge in our wisdom of Saussurean linguistics, yet a couple of Saussure's statements, as recorded via Riedlinger, have by no means been recognized to a bigger public. in the past, these notes themselves were unavailable, other than in fragmented and incomplete shape in Engler's unwieldy and hard-to-find version of the Cours. Now, the simplest of the scholar notes to all 3 classes can be to be had for the 1st time as they have been taken down in French, and feature been supplied with a dealing with translation, an creation, and a whole analytical index of terminology. With their book, Saussurean students in addition to scholars of linguistics and similar disciplines could have at their disposal the main trustworthy resource fabric for Saussure's pondering on language. it really is was hoping that this paintings will motivate those that take Saussure's valuable principles to be sufficiently identified from the CLG to re-examine Saussure's principles of their better immediacy and of their improvement, with the intention to delight in nuances of his considering mostly unknown until eventually now.
This variation provides Riedlinger's notes intact and of their unique order. The notes are followed via an creation and a whole English translation of the textual content. including the opposite volumes, it bargains the simplest perception but into the evolution of Saussure's thinking.

NOTE : BILINGUAL version

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Practical Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students (Routledge English Language Introductions)

Routledge English Language Introductions hide center components of language research and are one-stop assets for students.

Assuming no previous wisdom, books within the sequence provide an obtainable evaluation of the topic, with actions, research questions, pattern analyses, commentaries and key readings―all within the related quantity. The leading edge and versatile ‘two-dimensional’ constitution is equipped round 4 sections―introduction, improvement, exploration and extension―which provide self-contained phases for examine. each one subject is additionally learn throughout those sections, allowing the reader to construct steadily at the wisdom won.

Revised and up to date all through, this 3rd version of Practical Phonetics and Phonology:

  • presents the necessities of the topic and their day by day purposes in a fascinating and available demeanour
  • covers all of the center ideas of speech technological know-how, resembling the phoneme, syllable constitution, construction of speech, vowel and consonant probabilities, glottal settings, rigidity, rhythm, intonation and the surprises of hooked up speech
  • incorporates vintage readings from key names within the self-discipline together with David Abercrombie, David Crystal, Dennis Fry, Daniel Jones, Peter Ladefoged, Peter Trudgill and John Wells
  • includes an audio CD containing a set of samples supplied by way of actual audio system of 25 accessory forms from Britain, eire, the united states, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, India, Singapore and West Africa
  • gives outlines of the sound structures of six key languages from round the world
  • contains over 100 task routines, many observed via audio material
  • is observed by way of a new significant other web site that includes extra assistance, audio documents, keys to actions within the e-book, additional routines and actions, and extra perform in phonemic transcription

New gains of this version contain an extra examining on instructing pronunciation, phonetic descriptions of 3 extra languages (Japanese, Polish and Italian), increased fabric on spelling/sound relationships, additional information on buying the pronunciation of a international language, extra feedback for additional analyzing and lots more and plenty new illustrative fabric.

Written by way of authors who're skilled academics and researchers, this best-selling textbook will attract all scholars of English language and linguistics and people education for a certificates in TEFL.

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How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis (Studies in the Evolution of Language)

By Michael A. Arbib

In contrast to the other species, people can research and use language. This ebook explains how the mind advanced to make language attainable, via what Michael Arbib calls the replicate method speculation. due to replicate neurons, monkeys, chimps, and people can examine through imitation, yet in simple terms "complex imitation," which people express, is strong adequate to aid the step forward to language. This concept presents a direction from the openness of handbook gesture, which we proportion with nonhuman primates, during the complicated imitation of guide talents, pantomime, protosign (communication according to conventionalized handbook gestures), and at last to protospeech. the idea explains why we people are as in a position to studying signal languages as we're of studying to talk. This attention-grabbing ebook indicates how cultural evolution took over from organic evolution for the transition from protolanguage to completely fledged languages. the writer explains how the mind mechanisms that made the unique emergence of languages attainable, probably 100,000 years in the past, are nonetheless operative this present day within the approach teenagers gather language, within the method that new signal languages have emerged in fresh many years, and within the ancient strategies of language swap on a time scale from a long time to centuries. even though the topic is advanced, this booklet is very readable, supplying all of the helpful heritage in primatology, neuroscience, and linguistics to make the ebook available to a normal audience.

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Proto-Slavic Inflectional Morphology: A Comparative Handbook (Brill's Studies in Indo-European Languages & Linguistics)

Proto-Slavic, the reconstructed ancestor of the Slavic languages, provides a wealthy inflectional process inherited from Proto-Indo-European. during this guide the entire inflectional endings of Proto-Slavic are traced again to Proto-Indo-European via a scientific comparability with the corresponding varieties in comparable languages. utilising a redefinition of Proto-Slavic according to prehistoric loanword family members with neighbouring non-Slavic languages, Thomas Olander presents a brand new examine the Proto-Slavic inflectional procedure. The systematic, coherent and exhaustive process specified by the guide paves the best way for brand new recommendations to long-standing difficulties of Slavic old grammar.

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