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Virtual Linguistics Bookcase
Transcript of Virtual Linguistics Bookcase
Arguments in Syntax and Semantics
Argument structure - the pattern of underlying relations between a predicate and its dependents - is at the base of syntactic theory and the theory of the interface with semantics. This comprehensive guide explores the motives for thematic and event-structural decomposition, and its relation to structure in syntax.
'This book is not merely a guide to the most important topics in the area of argument structure. It is about understanding theories of argument structure - understanding them deeply. The book is a precious resource for novice linguists and experts alike.' Angelika Kratzer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
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Fundamentals of Translation
Clear and concise, this textbook provides a non-technical introduction to the basic and central concepts of translation theory and practice, including translation briefs, parallel texts and textual functions, cohesion and coherence, and old and new information.
'This engaging, hands-on textbook offers students, trainers, and practitioners alike an ideal overview of how fundamental theoretical concepts shape the real world of professional translation. A timely, user-friendly contribution.' Erik Angelone, Kent State University
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An Introduction to Genetics for Language
Current Concepts, Methods and Findings
During the last few decades we have discovered enormous amounts about our genomes, their evolution and, importantly for linguists and language scientists, the genetic foundations of language and speech. Accessible and readable, this introduction is designed specifically for students and researchers working in language and linguistics.
'How does our genetic make-up contribute to our language ability? This book provides language scientists with a much needed introduction to genetics, providing the necessary background to think intelligently about this question.' Morten H. Christiansen, Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Program, Cornell University, Senior Scientist, Haskins Laboratories, and External Professor, University of Southern Denmark
Click here to find out more: http://www.cambridge.org/9781107001299
Bilingualism in the Spanish Speaking World
Linguistic and Cognitive Perspectives
Bilingualism has given rise to significant changes in Spanish-speaking countries. In the US, the increasing importance of Spanish has engendered an English-only movement; in Peru, contact between Spanish and Quechua has brought about language change; and in Iberia, speakers of Basque, Galician and Catalan have made their languages a compulsory part of school curricula and local government.
'Austin, Blume, and Sánchez provide a brilliant and comprehensive overview of bilingualism in the Spanish-speaking world. This easily accessible volume serves as an invaluable reference for scholars in related disciplines. A distinguished achievement.' Michael T. Putnam, Pennsylvania State University
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The Rise of Writing
Redefining Mass Literacy
Millions of Americans routinely spend half their working day or more with their hands on keyboards and their minds on audiences - writing so much, in fact, that they have less time and appetite for reading. In this highly anticipated sequel to her award-winning Literacy in American Lives, Deborah Brandt moves beyond laments about the decline of reading to focus on the rise of writing.
'Based on seven years of interviewing people in workplaces, for the state, and as authors this remarkable book makes strong claims about the growing significance of writing. I was drawn into it from the first page of the introduction and just wanted to read on all the time.' David Barton, Lancaster University
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Middle Egyptian Literature
Eight Literary Works of the Middle Kingdom
A companion volume to the third edition of the author's popular Middle Egyptian, this book contains eight literary works from the Middle Kingdom, the golden age of Middle Egyptian literature. Included are the compositions widely regarded as the pinnacle of Egyptian literary arts, by the Egyptians themselves as well as by modern readers.
'This book gives the reader access to one of the true surviving treasures of ancient Egypt: Middle Kingdom literary texts, presented in their original wording. An essential companion for students and lovers of ancient literature.' Andréas Stauder, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris
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Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities
A Linguistic Introduction
How do people use sign languages in different situations around the world? How are sign languages distributed globally? What happens when they come in contact with spoken and written languages? These and other questions are explored in this new introduction to the sociolinguistics of sign languages and deaf communities. An international team brings insights and data from a wide range of sign languages, from the USA, Canada, England, Spain, Brazil and Australia.
'Seminal scholars in the field synthesize and reflect on an impressive span of research questions, approaches, and illustrative data … A very welcome resource for teachers and scholars in this field.' Rachel McKee, Victoria University of Wellington
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A Linguistic Introduction
This comprehensive introduction to the Japanese language consists of six parts. Following the introductory section, it explores the Japanese lexicon, grammatical foundations, major clause types, clause linkage, and language usage. The discussion of formal and structural properties of Japanese such as sound structure, vocabulary and grammar assist readers as they gain insight into historical and sociocultural aspects of Japanese; some are compared with those of English-speaking nations.
'A comprehensive, up-to-date, and typologically minded survey of Japanese linguistics. Its well-balanced attention to data, theory, usage and grammar fills a gap left by previous textbooks [on] Japanese linguistics.' Mitsuaki Shimojo, University at Buffalo, State University of New York
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Observations on English and General Phonetics
How do you pronounce omega, tortoise and sloth, and why? Do charted and chartered sound the same? How do people pronounce the names Charon, Punjab and Sexwale? In this engaging book, John Wells, a world-renowned phonetician and phonologist, explores these questions and others. Each chapter consists of carefully selected entries from Wells' acclaimed phonetics blog, on which he regularly posted on a range of current and widely researched topics such as pronunciation, teaching, intonation, spelling, and accents.
'We are lucky to have the changes in the English language presented and described here by such a great scholar.' Liu Sen, East China Normal University
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How do children and adults become multilingual? How do they use their languages? What influence does being multilingual have on their identities? What is the social impact of multilingualism today and how do societies accommodate it? These are among the fascinating questions examined by this book. Exploring multilingualism in individuals and in society at large, Stavans and Hoffmann argue that it evolves not from one factor in particular, but from a vast range of environmental and personal influences and circumstances: from migration to globalisation, from the spread of English to a revived interest in minority languages, from social mobility to intermarriage
'The authors of this book demonstrate that multilingualism is as old as humanity itself. Language and politics have always been intertwined, creating amazing and conflictual complexity … This is a very clear and highly informative book.' Jean-Marc Dewaele, Birkbeck, University of London
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Its Principles and its Parameters
In Case, Mark Baker develops a unified theory of how the morphological case marking of noun phrases is determined by syntactic structure. Designed to work well for languages of all alignment types - accusative, ergative, tripartite, marked nominative, or marked absolutive - this theory has been developed and tested against unrelated languages of each type, and more than twenty non-Indo-European languages are considered in depth.
'Case is impressive in its breadth and scope, the variety of data surveyed, and thoughtful argumentation. As he has done throughout his career, Mark Baker once again helps us think about fundamental concepts of linguistic theory.' Maria Polinsky, Harvard University
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The Language Myth
Why Language Is Not an Instinct
Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth.
'Evans' rebuttal of Chomsky's universal grammar from the perspective of cognitive linguistics provides an excellent antidote to popular textbooks where it is assumed that the Chomskyan approach to linguistic theory (in one avatar or another) has somehow been vindicated once and for all.' Michael Fortescue, Professor Emeritus, University of Copenhagen
Click here to find out more: http://www.cambridge.org/9781107619753