• "gettin' Our Groove On": Rhetoric, Language, and Literacy for the Hip Hop Generation

    By Kermit E. Campbell

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780814329252
    • Publisher: Wayne State University Press
    • Published: October 2005
  • The 'Language Instinct' Debate

    By Geoffrey Sampson

    Our Price: $200.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780826473844
    • Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
    • Published: May 2005
    British academic Geoffrey Sampson offers an enlarged and updated version of a text originally published in 1997, in which he challenges Noam Chomsky's (linguistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology) theory of an innate, biologically determined system specific to human beings which provides a normal child with a vast body of a priori knowledge about the nature of any human language. The author draws on recent discoveries about the sequencing of the human genome and other scientific findings, and the increasing accessibility of quantities of concrete data on how people use language in real life, to further his argument. The second edition includes new passages, new chapter-sections, and a full new chapter discussing the relevance of recent research and responding to objections raised by critics of the first edition. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
  • The 'Language Instinct' Debate

    By Geoffrey Sampson

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780826473851
    • Publisher: Continuum Intl Pub Group
    • Published: May 2005
    When it was first published in 1997, Geoffrey Sampson's Educating Eve was described as the definitive response to Steven Pinker's The Language Instinct and Noam Chomsky's nativism. In this revised and expanded new edition, Sampson revisits his original arguments in the light of fresh evidence that has emerged since the original publication. Since Chomsky revolutionized the study of language in the 1960s, it has increasingly come to be accepted that language and other knowledge structures are hard-wired in our genes. According to this view, human beings are born with a rich structure of cognition already in place. But people do not realize how thin the evidence for that idea is.The 'Language Instinct' Debate examines the various arguments for instinctive knowledge, and finds that each one rests on false premisses or embodies logical fallacies. The structures of language are shown to be purely cultural creations.With a new chapter entitled 'How People Really Speak' which uses corpus data to analyse how language is used in spontaneous English conversation, responses to critics, extensive revisions throughout, and a new preface by Paul Postal of New York University, this new edition will be an essential purchase for students, academics, and general readers interested in the debate about the 'language instinct'.
  • The 'War on Terror' Narrative: Discourse and Intertextuality in the Construction and Contestation of Sociopolitical Reality

    By Adam Hodges

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780199759590
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press
    • Published: April 2011
    The War on Terror Narrative analyzes three types of data--presidential speeches, U.S. media discourse, and focus group interviews--to provide a longitudinal and holistic study of the formation, circulation, and contestation of the Bush administration's narrative about the "war on terror." The narrative sustains, in Foucault's terms, a "regime of truth" by placing boundaries around what can meaningfully be said and understood about the subject. Adam Hodges illustrates that even as social actors resist the narrative and the policy it entails, they appropriate its language to be heard and understood. While this often works to strengthen the narrative, discourse is inevitably reshaped as it enters into new contexts. This recontextualization allows for the introduction of new meanings, and therein lies the potential for resistance and social transformation. Hodges argues that applying ideas on intertextuality to the analysis of political discourse is central to understanding the way micro-level discursive action contributes to macro-level cultural narratives like the Bush "War on Terror" narrative.
  • 'Why Do You Ask?': The Function of Questions in Institutional Discourse

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780195306897
    • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
    • Published: January 2010
    The act of questioning is the primary speech interaction between an institutional speaker and someone outside the institution. These roles dictate their language practices. "Why Do You Ask?" is the first collected volume to focus solely on the question/answer process, drawing on a range of methodological approaches like Conversational Analysis, Discourse Analysis, Discursive Psychology, and Sociolinguistics-and using as data not just medical, legal, and educational environments, but also less-studied institutions like telephone call centers, broadcast journalism (i.e. talk show interviews), academia, and telemarketing. An international roster of well-known contributors addresses such issues as: the relationship between the syntax of the question and its discourse function; the kind of institutional work that questions perform; the degree to which the questioner can control the direction of the conversation; and how questions are used to repackage responses, to construct meaning, and to serve the institutional goals of speakers. Why Do You Ask? will appeal to linguists and others interested in institutional discourse, as well as those interested in the grammatical/pragmatic nature of questions.
  • 'e Pluribus Unum' or 'e Pluribus Plura'?

    By Hans-juergen Grabbe

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783825358570
    • Publisher: Isd
    • Published: July 2011
  • (Im)politeness Implicatures

    By Michael Haugh

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9783110240061
    • Publisher: De Gruyter
    • Published: November 2013
  • (Re)Locating Tesol In an Age of Empire

    By Julian Edge

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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781403985309
    • Publisher: PALGRAVE
    • Published: September 2006
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  • (roman)Ticism

    By Larry H. Peer

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780761840589
    • Publisher: University Press of America
    • Published: June 2008
  • 1,001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn't Know: Hopperdozer, Hoecake, Ear Trumpet, Dort, and Other Nearly Forgotten Terms and Expressions

    By W. R. Runyan

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781616081232
    • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
    • Published: November 2010
    Celebrates American words that have fallen out of usage, including snaffle, steelie, calk, hardpan, horse apple, fid, and hame.
  • 100 Russian Verbs in Common Use and 1,000 of Their Compound Forms

    By Anon

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781409763116
    • Publisher: Aristophanes Press
    • Published: June 2008
  • 101 Problems and Solutions in Historical Linguistics: A Workbook

    By Robert Andrew Blust

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    • ISBN-13: 9780262535472
    • Publisher: Mit Press
  • 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

    By Francis Grose

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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781406588521
    • Publisher: Lightning Source Inc
    • Published: February 2008
  • 2017 Praxis English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (5362)

    By Sharon A. Wynne

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