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Do women talk more than men? Does text messaging make you stupid? Can chimpanzees really talk to us? This fascinating textbook addresses a wide range of language myths, focusing on important big-picture issues such as the rule-governed nature of language or the influence of social factors on how we speak. Case studies and analysis of relevant experiments teach readers the skills to become informed consumers of social science research, while suggested open-ended exercises invite students to reflect further on what they've learned. With coverage of a broad range of topics (cognitive, social, historical), this textbook is ideal for non-technical survey courses in linguistics. Important points are illustrated with specific, memorable examples: invariant 'be' shows the rule-governed nature of African-American English; vulgar female speech in Papua New Guinea shows how beliefs about language and gender are culture-specific. Engaging and accessibly written, Kaplan's lively discussion challenges what we think we know about language.Read more
- Contains detailed annotated references to literature in the field
- Engages readers by focusing on linguistic issues of broad popular interest
- Provides specific examples of facts and phenomena that refute popular myths
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"In this lucid and approachable book, Kaplan debunks a variety of common misconceptions about language, and provides the reader with guidance on how language should be studied. It is an elegant achievement."
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'This is one of the best books on language and linguistics that I have ever read … I highly recommend reading this book.' Joe McVeigh, … And Read All Over (www.andreadallover.com)
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- Date Published: June 2016
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107084926
- length: 308 pages
- dimensions: 235 x 156 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.66kg
- contains: 24 b/w illus. 25 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
Part I. …But Is It Language?:
2. 'A dialect is a collection of mistakes'
3. 'Sign language is skilled charades'
4. 'Chimpanzees can talk to us'
Part II. Language Learning:
5. 'Children have to be taught language'
6. 'Adults can't learn a new language'
7. 'Being bilingual makes you smarter (or dumber)'
Part III. Language in Use:
8. 'Women talk more than men'
9. 'Texting makes you illiterate'
10. 'The most beautiful language is French'
11. 'My language limits my thoughts'
Appendix A. Statistics brief reference.
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