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Language Matters: A Guide to Everyday Questions about Language

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Publisher Comments:

Is Ebonics really a dialect or simply bad English? Do women and men speak differently? Will computers ever really learn human language? Does offensive language harm children? These are only a few of the issues surrounding language that crop up every day. Most of us have very definite opinions on these questions one way or another. Yet as linguist Donna Jo Napoli points out in this short and highly entertaining volume, many of our most deeply held ideas about the nature of language and its role in our lives are either misconceived or influenced by myths and stereotypes

Napoli provides an entertaining tour through the world of language, examining these and other vexing and controversial language-related questions. Throughout, she encourages and leads the reader to use common-sense and everyday experience rather than preconceived notions or technical linguistic expertise. Both her questions and her conclusions are surprising, sometimes provocative, and always entertaining. This volume is sure to engage both general readers and students of language and linguistics at any level.

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College, author of Linguistics and Syntax (both published by Oxford University Press), and a well known author of children's books. Her website is www.donnajonapoli.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195160482
Subtitle:
A Guide to Everyday Questions About Language
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Author:
Napoli, Donna Jo
Author:
null, Donna Jo
Location:
Oxford, U.K.
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Semantics
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Linguistics | The English Language
Subject:
Linguistics - Semantics
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
bk. 1
Publication Date:
20030327
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
4.900 x 6.900 in 0.450 lb

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