Languages and linguistics round-up

May 22, 2008

Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol. Author Lynda Muggleston. Edition Second. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 368. Price £17.99. ISBN 9780199250622.

This history of the rise and fall of the English accent as a badge of cultural, social and class identity traces the origins of the phenomenon in late 18th-century London, following its history in the 19th and 20th centuries and charting its downfall during the era of New Labour.

Children's Language: Revised Edition. Author Ray Cattell. Edition First revised. Publisher Continuum. Pages 304. Price £80.00/£.99. ISBN 9780826488794/8800.

Cattell aims to give students the background to form their own views on the debate over how children come to speak their first language and includes summaries of key thinkers, including Chomsky, Halliday, Karmiloff-Smith and Piaget.

Chinese Primer. Authors TaTuan Ch'en, Perry Link, YihJian Tai and HaiTao Tang. Edition Revised. Publisher Princeton University Press. Pages 616. Price £29.95. ISBN 9780691129914.

Proven techniques are said to be used in this introductory textbook to put beginning learners of Mandarin Chinese on the path towards true mastery. The goal is to lead students to adopt Chinese as one of their own languages and not to regard it merely as an object of study and translation.

French Demystified: A Self-Teaching Guide. Author Annie Heminway. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 465. Price £12.99. ISBN 9780071476607.

By using methods that take confusion out of learning a new language, students are walked through the fundamentals and on to more advanced topics. Each chapter has a test that students can use to track progress.

Pragmatics and Grammar. Author Mira Ariel. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 384. Price £60.00/£23.99. ISBN 9780521550185/9942.

This book lays out a methodology for students and scholars to distinguish between the explicit (grammatical) and the implicit (pragmatic). It explains how and why grammar and pragmatics combine together in natural discourse, and how pragmatic uses become grammatical in time.

A Glossary of Cognitive Linguistics. Author Vyvyan Evans. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 256. Price £40.00/£11.99. ISBN 9780748622801/95.

An alphabetical guide introduces the key terms in cognitive linguistics, covering all the major ideas and many of the theoretical constructs and also features an introduction to cognitive linguistics, a reading list and a list of key researchers.

Second Language Learning. Author Vivian Cook. Edition Fourth. Publisher Hodder Education. Pages 288. Price £16.99. ISBN 9780340958766.

Cook has updated his text to reflect developments in language teaching and learning, taking into account the rise of task-based learning, conversational analysis and social models of second language acquisition, changes in syllabuses and examinations and the controversy over the role of the native speaker target.

The Frameworks of English: Introducing Language Structures. Author Kim Ballard. Edition Second. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Pages 368. Price £17.99. ISBN 9780230013148.

This book aims to cover everything students and non-specialists need to know about linguistic structures, describing the morphological, lexical, grammatical and phonological frameworks of contemporary English.

Understanding Language: A Basic Course in Linguistics. Author Elizabeth Grace Winkler. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 2. Price £60.00/£12.99. ISBN 9780826484826/4833.

This is an introduction to linguistics, aimed at non-major undergraduate students who are new to the subject, which uses pictures, jokes, diagrams, tables and suggestions for further reading to enable students to navigate this often complicated area of study. Topics covered include language acquisition, speech sounds, the make-up of words, grammar, meaning, communication, the history of English, language variation and change.

The Grammar Detective: Solving the Mysteries of Basic Grammar. Author Gillian Hanson. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 168. Price £8.99. ISBN 9780826498076.

Hanson invites readers to get to grips with English grammar by solving a series of short murder mysteries, each of them illustrated. There are then further exercises - word searches, crosswords and puzzles - that all come together to introduce and reinforce grammatical skills. The book introduces aspects of grammar such as nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, clauses and phrases, and includes a variety of test exercises.

Speaking Irish: Take Your Language Skills Beyond Basic. Authors Siuan Ni Mhaonaigh and Antain Mac Lochlainn. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 225. Price £19.99. ISBN 9780071475624.

This book has been designed to allow students to sharpen their listening and conversational skills in the company of speakers from all corners of Ireland. Filmed on location throughout Ireland, the accompanying DVD features authentic, unrehearsed interviews with more than 20 Irish speakers, representing all three regional dialects, while the book provides a transcript of all the interviews, plus extensive exercises and notes on vocabulary, grammar, regional variations and more.

Semantics: A Coursebook. Authors James R. Hurford, Brendan Heasley and Michael B. Smith. Edition Second. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 364. Price £17.99. ISBN 9780521671873.

This practical coursebook introduces all the basics of semantics in a simple, step-by-step fashion. Each unit includes short sections of explanation with examples, followed by stimulating practice exercises to complete in the book. Feedback and comment sections follow each exercise to enable students to monitor their progress.

Using Korean: A Guide to Contemporary Usage. Authors Miho Choo and HyeYoung Kwak. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 336. Price £18.99. ISBN 9780521667883.

This is a guide to Korean language usage for students who have acquired the basics of the language. Unlike a conventional grammar, it highlights those areas of vocabulary and grammar that cause the most difficulty to English speakers. Clear, readable and easy to consult, it is suitable for students who wish to take their Korean beyond the beginner's level.

New Zealand English. Authors Jennifer Hay, Margaret Maclagan and Elizabeth Gordon. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 184. Price £50.00/£16.99. ISBN 9780748625291/5307.

This book is a description of English as it is spoken in New Zealand, one of the youngest native speaker varieties of English, and the only variety of English where there is recorded evidence of its entire history. For the past two decades extensive research has focused on the evolution and ongoing development of the variety and the authors aim to present the results of this research in an accessible way.

Studying Bilinguals. Author Francois Grosjean. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Price £65.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199281282/9780199281299.

The volume covers four areas of research: the definition and characterization of the bilingual person, the perception and production of spoken language by bilinguals, the sign-oral bilingualism of the Deaf, and methodological and conceptual issues in research on bilingualism. The book also defends increased co-operation among researchers in connecting fields such as the language sciences and the neurosciences.

Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide. Author Claire Bowern. Edition First. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Price £18.99. ISBN 9780230545380.

Claire Bowern provides a realistic account of the process of linguistic fieldwork, practically guiding students through all the steps in linguistic fieldwork, from planning where to work to applying for funding, from the first session on a new language to writing up the data, from turning on the recorder to depositing the recordings in an archive.

French Grammar in Context. Author Margaret Jubb and Annie Rouxevill. Edition Third. Publisher Hodder Education. Price £14.99. ISBN 9780340968741.

Authentic texts from a rich variety of sources and countries are used as the starting point for the illustration and explanation of key areas of French grammar in this book. Each point is consolidated with a variety of written and spoken exercises. Grammar is presented not as an end in itself, but as a tool essential to enjoying French, understanding native speakers and to communicating effectively with them.

Working with Discourse: Meaning Beyond the Clause. Authors J. R. Martin and David Rose. Edition Second. Publisher Continuum. Pages 368. Price £80.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780826488497/8503

This book builds a set of analytic tools that can be used to explore how speakers and writers construe meaning through discourse. These techniques are introduced in steps, through analyses of spoken, written and visual texts that focus on truth and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. The new edition includes a chapter on negotiation, clear definitions of key terms, chapter summaries and revised suggestions for further reading.

Language, Culture and Identity. Author Philip Riley. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 4. Price £80.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780826486288/6295

In this book, Philip Riley looks at how an individual’s identity is constituted through a variety of different factors, including the social, linguistic, cultural and ethnic contexts, against the theoretical background of the sociology of knowledge, and ethnolinguistics, asking how we learn who we are and how social identities are negotiated.

English: One Language, Different Cultures. Authors Eddie Ronowicz and Colin Yallop. Edition Second. Publisher Continuum. Pages 304. Price £80.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780826481757/491756

This is an introduction to culturally determined aspects of communicating in British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and American societies. The focus is on effective communication with members of these societies, especially on correcting false stereotypes which may cause misunderstandings. This second edition textbook has been fully revised and updated throughout.

Language in the Media: Representations, Identities, Ideologies. Editors Sally Johnson and Astrid Ensslin. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 320. Price £80.00/£.99. ISBN 9780826495488/5495

This book not only examines the ways in which the media represents language-related issues, but also how the media’s use of language is central to the construction of what people think language is, could or ought to be like.

Bilinguality and Literacy: Principles and Practice. Author Manjula Datta. Edition Second. Publisher Continuum. Pages 252. Price £75.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780826493293/3309

Manjula Datta argues that bilingual children’s literacy learning in English is necessarily an intercultural process. Children’s voices are strong in this revised, updated and expanded edition that looks closely at bilingual children’s writing development in view of the Ofsted statement that “fluent bilingual pupils struggle with writing” (2003).

Text, Discourse and Corpora: Theory and Analysis. Authors Michael Hoey, Michaela Mahlberg, Michael Stubbs and Wolfgang Teubert. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 264. Price £75.00/£25.00. ISBN 9780826491718/1725

Bringing together original contributions by internationally renowned authors, the chapters include coverage of the lexical priming theory, parole-linguistics, a four-part model of language system and language use, and the concept of local textual functions. The book is suitable for advanced undergraduate, postgraduate and academic readers.

Reflective Language Teaching: From Research to Practice. Author Thomas S. C. Farrell. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 216. Price £75.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780826496577/6584

Based on research illustrated through case studies, this book outlines strategies for professional development through reflective practice in the language classroom. The book presupposes no prior knowledge of linguistics or language teaching, and each chapter includes reflective discussion questions to help the reader apply the strategies and procedures discussed.

Key Terms in Linguistics. Author Howard Jackson. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 192. Price £60.00/£14.99. ISBN 9780826487414/7421

This book explains the terms that students of linguistics and English language are likely to encounter during their undergraduate study. The book is organised according to the modules under which linguistics is studied, with explanations of the terms associated with the core areas of phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, semantics and pragmatics, as well as more specialised option courses.

English Language Teaching in China: New Approaches, Perspectives and Standards. Author Jun Liu. Edition First. Publisher Continuum. Pages 360. Price £75.00/£25.00. ISBN 9780826490360/480767

This book examines the importance of English language teaching in China, but also the need for this teaching to be modernised in order for China to better join the world economy. The contributors to this volume examine every aspect of language teaching and suggest new ways in which communication and grammar can be balanced.

Forensic Linguistics: An Introduction to Language, Crime and the Law. Author John Olsson. Edition Second. Publisher Continuum. Pages 264. Price £75.00/£21.99. ISBN 9780826492951/3088

This introduction to forensic linguistics, based on John Olsson’s experience as a practising forensic linguist, is suitable for undergraduate students, and researchers encountering this branch of applied linguistics for the first time. The book includes an appendix of forensic texts for student study, exercises and suggestions for further reading.

French Grammar Drills. Author Eliane Kurbegov. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 312. Price £6.99. ISBN 9780071475136

Covering all facets of French grammar – from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses this book is designed to help students learn often-perplexing topics with engaging exercises. This book features more than 150 exercises that demonstrate how the French grammar system works as well as review exercises to reinforce students’ learning

Practice Makes Perfect: Complete French Grammar. Author Annie Heminway. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 384. Price £7.99. ISBN 9780071482844

From present tense of regular verbs to direct object pronouns, this guide and workbook aims to cover all aspects of French grammar that students need to master. Focusing on the practical aspects of French as it’s spoken, each unit of this book features explanations, realistic examples and engaging exercises.

Practice Makes Perfect: French Verb Tenses. Author Trudie Booth. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 288. Price £6.99. ISBN 9780071478946

This book intends to coach students in when and why verb tenses are used. In addition to a collection of fully conjugated verbs, there are clear and concise explanations that pinpoint why specific tenses work in given situations as well as examples and skill-building exercises.

Practice Make Perfect: French Vocabulary. Author Eliane Kurbegow. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 256. Price £6.99. ISBN 9780071488341

Each chapter of this book focuses on a theme, such as family or travel, so that students can build their language skills in a systematic manner. The book aims to build confidence through exercises, grammatical explanations and an answer key so that students can track their progress.

Spanish Grammar Drills. Author Rogelio Vallecillos. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 312. Price £6.99. ISBN 9780071472692

Covering all facets of Spanish grammar from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses, this book is designed to help students learn often-perplexing topics with engaging exercises. The book features drills that demonstrate how the Spanish grammar system works, including review exercises to reinforce your learning and quick reviews to bring students up to speed on grammar.

The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice (with CD-Rom). Authors Ronni Gordon and David Stillman. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 480. Price £11.99. ISBN 9780071492157

Organised into 28 lessons, this book offers clear explanations of grammar topics, illustrated using examples from everyday life and more than 400 exercises to help students master Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

Spanish Demystified. A Self Teaching Guide. Author Jenny Petrow. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 464. Price £12.99. ISBN 9780071476584

This text walks readers step by step through the fundamentals before moving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows readers to track their progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills.

The Big Yellow Book of German Verbs (with CD-Rom). Authors Paul Listen, Robert Di Donato and Daniel Franklin. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 702. Price £11.99. ISBN 9780071487580

Designed for beginners through to advanced students, this guide aims to help students conjugate verbs, enabling them to communicate in German confidently. Features of the text include: current idioms and expressions for each verb, the top 50 verbs with examples of their usage in context, more than 4,200 verbs cross-referenced to conjugation models and a guide to deciphering irregular verb forms.

German Demystified. A Self Teaching Guide. Author Ed Swick. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 432. Price £12.99. ISBN 9780071475617

This text walks readers step by step through the fundamentals before moving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows readers to track their progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills.

Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar. Authors Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar. Edition Second. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 160. Price £7.99. ISBN 9780071498050

This text provides an introduction to the basics of Arabic for beginners or a quick, thorough reference for those who already have experience in the language. The book features contemporary usage of verbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and other grammar essentials as well as examples that reflect contemporary usage and real-life situations.

Neurolinguistics: An Introduction to Spoken Language Processing and its Disorders. Author John C. L. Ingram. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 442. Price £50.00/£25.99. ISBN 9780521791908/6408

This textbook introduces the central topics in neurolinguistics, before moving on to provide a balanced discussion of key areas of debate such as modularity and the “language areas” of the brain, “connectionist” versus “symbolic” modelling of language processing, and the nature of linguistic and mental representations.

Language in South Asia. Editors Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru and S. N. Sridhar. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 632. Price £60.00/£23.99. ISBN 9780521781411/6539

This new volume presents an overview of the language situation in this vast subcontinent in a linguistic, historical and sociolinguistic context. The book comprises contributions from leading international scholars within the fields of South Asian language and linguistics, historical linguistics, cultural studies and area studies.

Style: Language Variation and Identity. Author Nikolas Coupland. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 244. Price £45.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780521853033/618144

This book develops a coherent theoretical approach to style in sociolinguistics, illustrated with copious examples. It explains how speakers project different social identities and create different social relationships through their style choices, and how speech style and social context interrelate.

Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Author James Clarkson. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 288. Price £45.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780521653138/3671

This textbook provides an introduction to the study of the Indo-European languages, setting out the methods for relating the languages to one another, presenting a discussion of the current debates and controversies concerning their classification, and offering sample problems and suggestions for how to solve them.

The Sounds of Chinese. Author YenHwei Lin. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 336. Price £22.99. ISBN 9780521603980

This textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Standard Chinese, designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of linguistics. It explains from scratch the fundamentals of articulatory phonetics and phonology and applies them clearly to the phonetic and phonological properties of Chinese.

Functional Categories. Author Pieter Muysken. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 320. Price £60.00/£21.99. ISBN 9780521853859/619981

Pieter Muysken considers functional categories from the perspective of grammar, language history, language contact and psychology (including child language and aphasia). Empirically based, the book examines the available converging evidence from these various disciplines, and draws on comparative data from a wide range of different languages.

World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Authors Rajend Mesthrie and Rakesh M. Bhatt. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 296. Price £45.00/£18.99. ISBN 9780521793414/7337

The main focus of the book is on the second-language varieties of English that have developed in the former British colonies of East and West Africa, the Caribbean, South and South-East Asia. The book provides an historical overview of the common circumstances that gave rise to these varieties, and a detailed account of their recurrent similarities in structure, patterns of usage, vocabulary and accents.

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics: From Practice to Theory. Author Alan Davies. Edition Second. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 224. Price £55.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780748633548/3555

This fully updated second edition provides an account of contemporary applied linguistics. The kinds of language problems of interest to applied linguists are discussed and a distinction drawn between the different research approach taken by theoretical linguists and by applied linguists to what seem to be the same problems.

Singapore English. Author David Deterding. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 144. Price £50.00/£16.99. ISBN 9780748625444/5451

All the findings presented in the book are illustrated with examples from one hour of recorded conversational data from the Lim Siew Hwee Corpus of Informal Singapore Speech, as well as some recent blogs. In addition, usage patterns found in the data are summarised, to provide a solid foundation for the reported occurrence of various features of the language. A full transcript of the data is included in the final chapter of the book.

Clinical Linguistics. Author Louise Cummings. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 528. Price £75.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780748620760/0777

Louise Cummings examines the various developmental and acquired communication disorders that constitute these large and growing figures. In chapters that are dedicated to the discussion of individual communication disorders, it is argued that no treatment of this area can reasonably neglect an examination of the prevalence and causes of communication disorders.

Finiteness: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations. Author Irina Nikolaeva. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 448. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199213733/3740

This book explores the nature of finiteness, one of the most commonly used notions in descriptive and theoretical linguistics but possibly one of the least understood. Scholars representing a variety of theoretical positions seek to clarify what it is and to establish its usefulness and limitations.

Child Language: The Parametric Approach. Author William Snyder. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 224. Price £55.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780199296699/6705

This book considers the nature of the information the child must acquire according to the various linguistic theories. In doing so it sets out in detail the practical aspects of acquisitional research, addresses the challenges of working with children of different ages, and shows how the resulting data can be used to test theories of grammatical variation.

The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Linguistic Morphology. Author Gert Booij. Edition Second. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 352. Price £16.99. ISBN 9780199226245

This textbook examines how words are formed, compounded and inflected in different languages. It shows how, when and why to use methods of morphological analysis and explains how morphology relates to syntax, phonology and semantics.

Experimental Approaches to Phonology. Authors Maria-Josep Sole, Patrice Speeter Beddor and Manjari Ohala. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 488. Price £85.00/£29.50. ISBN 9780199296675/6828

This wide-ranging survey of experimental methods in phonetics and phonology shows the insights and results provided by different methods of investigation, including laboratory-based, statistical, psycholinguistic, computational-modelling, corpus and field techniques.

Computational Approaches to Morphology and Syntax. Authors Brian Roark and Richard Sproat. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 320. Price £60.00/£24.99. ISBN 97801994772/4789

This book is designed for scholars and advanced students of morphology, syntax, computational linguistics and natural language processing. It provides a critical and practical guide to computational techniques for handling morphological and syntactic phenomena, showing how these techniques have been used and modified in practice.

Language and National Identity in Asia. Author Andrew Simpson. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 480. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199267484/226481

Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages have played and now play in the formation of the national and social identity in countries throughout South, East and Southeast Asia. They consider the relation of the regions’ languages to national, ethnic and cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between majority, official and minority languages.

Practical Lexicography: A Reader. Author Thierry Fontenelle. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 416. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199292332/2349

This book collects and introduces some of the most useful work in practical lexicography. It has been designed as a resource for students and scholars of lexicography and lexicology and to be an essential reference for professional lexicographers. It focuses on central issues in the field and covers topics hotly debated in lexicography circles.

Linguistic Universals and Language Change. Author Jeff Good. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 356. Price £70.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199298495/228997

This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the past two decades, it addresses two related issues of importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins.

The Phonological Enterprise. Authors Mark Hale and Charles Reiss. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 336. Price £65.00/£22.99. ISBN 9780199533961/3978

This book scrutinises recent work in phonological theory from the perspective of Chomskyan generative linguistics and argues that progress in the field depends on taking seriously the idea that phonology is best studied as a mental computational system derived from an innate base, phonological Universal Grammar. Two simple problems of phonological analysis provide a frame for a variety of topics throughout the book.

The Emergence of Pidgin and Creole Languages. Author Jeff Siegal. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 334. Price £65.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199216666/6673

This book provides explanations for the emergence of contact languages, especially pidgins and creoles. It assesses the current state of research and examines aspects of current theories and approaches that have excited much controversy and debate.

The Emergence of Distinctive Features. Author Jeff Mielke. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 298. Price £60.00/£21.99. ISBN 9780199207916/233373

Jeff Mielke presents the results of a cross-linguistic survey of natural classes of distinctive features covering almost 600 of the world’s languages drawn from a variety of different families. He shows that no theory is able to characterise more than 71 per cent of classes, and further that current theories, deployed either singly or collectively, do not predict the range of classes that occur and recur.

I-language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science. Authors Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 336. Price £60.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780199534197/4203

Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss give a demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. Their presentation of the research programme inspired and led by Noam Chomsky shows how the focus of theory and research in linguistics shifted from treating language as a disembodied, human-external entity to cognitive biolinguistics – the study of language as a human cognitive system embedded within the mind/brain of each individual.

Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse. Authors Louise McNally and Christopher Kennedy. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 369. Price £65.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199211616/1623

In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal projections; and the fine-grained semantics of different subclasses of adjectives and adverbs.

English Syntax and Argumentation. Author Bas Aarts. Edition Third. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Pages 344. Price £22.99. ISBN 9780230551213

This textbook gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure and acquaints them with the essentials of syntactic argument. Now updated and expanded, the third edition features an additional chapter on grammatical indeterminacy, a case study on subordinating conjunctions and prepositions, and new exercises.

Gimsons’s Pronunciation of English. Author Alan Cruttenden. Edition Seventh. Publisher Hodder Education. Pages 384. Price £21.99. ISBN 9780340958773

This seventh edition has been revised throughout, with particular emphasis on those areas that have seen rapid change in recent years. A new introduction gives an overview of phonetics, examines the notion of a standard English accent and outlines key concepts in the learning of English as a first language and as an additional language. All the central chapters have been updated, notably by the inclusion of revised articulatory diagrams based on recent MRI scans.

Each chapter of this book focuses on a theme, such as family or travel, so that students can build their language skills in a systematic manner. The book aims to build confidence through exercises, grammatical explanations and an answer key so that students can track their progress.

Spanish Grammar Drills. Author Rogelio Vallecillos. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 312. Price £6.99. ISBN 9780071472692

Covering all facets of Spanish grammar from prepositions and pronouns to verbal forms and tenses, this book is designed to help students learn often-perplexing topics with engaging exercises. The book features drills that demonstrate how the Spanish grammar system works, including review exercises to reinforce your learning and quick reviews to bring students up to speed on grammar.

The Ultimate Spanish Review and Practice (with CD-Rom). Authors Ronni Gordon and David Stillman. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 480. Price £11.99. ISBN 9780071492157

Organised into 28 lessons, this book offers clear explanations of grammar topics, illustrated using examples from everyday life and more than 400 exercises to help students master Spanish grammar and vocabulary.

Spanish Demystified. A Self Teaching Guide. Author Jenny Petrow. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 464. Price £12.99. ISBN 9780071476584

This text walks readers step by step through the fundamentals before moving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows readers to track their progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills.

The Big Yellow Book of German Verbs (with CD-Rom). Authors Paul Listen, Robert Di Donato and Daniel Franklin. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 702. Price £11.99. ISBN 9780071487580

Designed for beginners through to advanced students, this guide aims to help students conjugate verbs, enabling them to communicate in German confidently. Features of the text include: current idioms and expressions for each verb, the top 50 verbs with examples of their usage in context, more than 4,200 verbs cross-referenced to conjugation models and a guide to deciphering irregular verb forms.

German Demystified. A Self Teaching Guide. Author Ed Swick. Edition First. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 432. Price £12.99. ISBN 9780071475617

This text walks readers step by step through the fundamentals before moving on to more advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with a self-test that allows readers to track their progress, and a comprehensive final exam at the end of the book gives instant feedback on new language skills.

Arabic Verbs and Essentials of Grammar. Authors Jane Wightwick and Mahmoud Gaafar. Edition Second. Publisher McGraw-Hill. Pages 160. Price £7.99. ISBN 9780071498050

This text provides an introduction to the basics of Arabic for beginners or a quick, thorough reference for those who already have experience in the language. The book features contemporary usage of verbs, adjectives, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions and other grammar essentials as well as examples that reflect contemporary usage and real-life situations.

Neurolinguistics: An Introduction to Spoken Language Processing and its Disorders. Author John C. L. Ingram. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 442. Price £50.00/£25.99. ISBN 9780521791908/6408

This textbook introduces the central topics in neurolinguistics, before moving on to provide a balanced discussion of key areas of debate such as modularity and the “language areas” of the brain, “connectionist” versus “symbolic” modelling of language processing, and the nature of linguistic and mental representations.

Language in South Asia. Editors Braj B. Kachru, Yamuna Kachru and S. N. Sridhar. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 632. Price £60.00/£23.99. ISBN 9780521781411/6539

This new volume presents an overview of the language situation in this vast subcontinent in a linguistic, historical and sociolinguistic context. The book comprises contributions from leading international scholars within the fields of South Asian language and linguistics, historical linguistics, cultural studies and area studies.

Style: Language Variation and Identity. Author Nikolas Coupland. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 244. Price £45.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780521853033/618144

This book develops a coherent theoretical approach to style in sociolinguistics, illustrated with copious examples. It explains how speakers project different social identities and create different social relationships through their style choices, and how speech style and social context interrelate.

Indo-European Linguistics: An Introduction. Author James Clarkson. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 288. Price. £45.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780521653138/3671

This textbook provides an introduction to the study of the Indo-European languages, setting out the methods for relating the languages to one another, presenting a discussion of the current debates and controversies concerning their classification, and offering sample problems and suggestions for how to solve them.

The Sounds of Chinese. Author YenHwei Lin. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 336. Price £22.99. ISBN 9780521603980

This textbook provides a clear introduction to the sounds of Standard Chinese, designed for English-speaking students with no prior knowledge of linguistics. It explains from scratch the fundamentals of articulatory phonetics and phonology and applies them clearly to the phonetic and phonological properties of Chinese.

Functional Categories. Author Pieter Muysken. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 320. Price £60.00/£21.99. ISBN 9780521853859/619981

Pieter Muysken considers functional categories from the perspective of grammar, language history, language contact and psychology (including child language and aphasia). Empirically based, the book examines the available converging evidence from these various disciplines, and draws on comparative data from a wide range of different languages.

World Englishes: The Study of New Linguistic Varieties. Authors Rajend Mesthrie and Rakesh M. Bhatt. Edition First. Publisher Cambridge University Press. Pages 296. Price £45.00/£18.99. ISBN 9780521793414/7337

The main focus of the book is on the second-language varieties of English that have developed in the former British colonies of East and West Africa, the Caribbean, South and South-East Asia. The book provides an historical overview of the common circumstances that gave rise to these varieties, and a detailed account of their recurrent similarities in structure, patterns of usage, vocabulary and accents.

An Introduction to Applied Linguistics: From Practice to Theory. Author Alan Davies. Edition Second. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 224. Price £55.00/£17.99. ISBN 9780748633548/3555

This fully updated second edition provides an account of contemporary applied linguistics. The kinds of language problems of interest to applied linguists are discussed and a distinction drawn between the different research approach taken by theoretical linguists and by applied linguists to what seem to be the same problems.

Singapore English. Author David Deterding. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 144. Price £50.00/£16.99. ISBN 9780748625444/5451

All the findings presented in the book are illustrated with examples from one hour of recorded conversational data from the Lim Siew Hwee Corpus of Informal Singapore Speech, as well as some recent blogs. In addition, usage patterns found in the data are summarised, to provide a solid foundation for the reported occurrence of various features of the language. A full transcript of the data is included in the final chapter of the book.

Clinical Linguistics. Author Louise Cummings. Edition First. Publisher Edinburgh University Press. Pages 528. Price £75.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780748620760/0777

Louise Cummings examines the various developmental and acquired communication disorders that constitute these large and growing figures. In chapters that are dedicated to the discussion of individual communication disorders, it is argued that no treatment of this area can reasonably neglect an examination of the prevalence and causes of communication disorders.

Finiteness: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations. Author Irina Nikolaeva. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 448. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199213733/3740

This book explores the nature of finiteness, one of the most commonly used notions in descriptive and theoretical linguistics but possibly one of the least understood. Scholars representing a variety of theoretical positions seek to clarify what it is and to establish its usefulness and limitations.

Child Language: The Parametric Approach. Author William Snyder. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 224. Price £55.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780199296699/6705

This book considers the nature of the information the child must acquire according to the various linguistic theories. In doing so it sets out in detail the practical aspects of acquisitional research, addresses the challenges of working with children of different ages, and shows how the resulting data can be used to test theories of grammatical variation.

The Grammar of Words: An Introduction to Linguistic Morphology. Author Gert Booij. Edition Second. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 352. Price £16.99. ISBN 9780199226245

This textbook examines how words are formed, compounded and inflected in different languages. It shows how, when and why to use methods of morphological analysis and explains how morphology relates to syntax, phonology and semantics.

Experimental Approaches to Phonology. Authors Maria-Josep Sole, Patrice Speeter Beddor and Manjari Ohala. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 488. Price £85.00/£29.50. ISBN 9780199296675/6828

This wide-ranging survey of experimental methods in phonetics and phonology shows the insights and results provided by different methods of investigation, including laboratory-based, statistical, psycholinguistic, computational-modelling, corpus and field techniques.

Computational Approaches to Morphology and Syntax. Authors Brian Roark and Richard Sproat. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 320. Price £60.00/£24.99. ISBN 97801994772/4789

This book is designed for scholars and advanced students of morphology, syntax, computational linguistics and natural language processing. It provides a critical and practical guide to computational techniques for handling morphological and syntactic phenomena, showing how these techniques have been used and modified in practice.

Language and National Identity in Asia. Author Andrew Simpson. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 480. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199267484/226481

Leading scholars from all over the world investigate the role languages have played and now play in the formation of the national and social identity in countries throughout South, East and Southeast Asia. They consider the relation of the regions’ languages to national, ethnic and cultural identity, and examine the status of and interactions between majority, official and minority languages.

Practical Lexicography: A Reader. Author Thierry Fontenelle. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 416. Price £70.00/£.50. ISBN 9780199292332/2349

This book collects and introduces some of the most useful work in practical lexicography. It has been designed as a resource for students and scholars of lexicography and lexicology and to be an essential reference for professional lexicographers. It focuses on central issues in the field and covers topics hotly debated in lexicography circles.

Linguistic Universals and Language Change. Author Jeff Good. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 356. Price £70.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199298495/228997

This book looks at the relationship between linguistic universals and language change. Reflecting the resurgence of work in both fields over the past two decades, it addresses two related issues of importance in linguistics: the balance between synchronic and diachronic factors in accounting for universals of linguistic structure, and the means of distinguishing genuine aspects of a universal human cognitive capacity for language from regularities that may be traced to extraneous origins.

The Phonological Enterprise. Authors Mark Hale and Charles Reiss. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 336. Price £65.00/£22.99. ISBN 9780199533961/3978

This book scrutinises recent work in phonological theory from the perspective of Chomskyan generative linguistics and argues that progress in the field depends on taking seriously the idea that phonology is best studied as a mental computational system derived from an innate base, phonological Universal Grammar. Two simple problems of phonological analysis provide a frame for a variety of topics throughout the book.

The Emergence of Pidgin and Creole Languages. Author Jeff Siegal. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 334. Price £65.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199216666/6673

This book provides explanations for the emergence of contact languages, especially pidgins and creoles. It assesses the current state of research and examines aspects of current theories and approaches that have excited much controversy and debate.

The Emergence of Distinctive Features. Author Jeff Mielke. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 298. Price £60.00/£21.99. ISBN 9780199207916/233373

Jeff Mielke presents the results of a cross-linguistic survey of natural classes of distinctive features covering almost 600 of the world’s languages drawn from a variety of different families. He shows that no theory is able to characterise more than 71 per cent of classes, and further that current theories, deployed either singly or collectively, do not predict the range of classes that occur and recur.

Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science. Authors Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 336. Price £60.00/£19.99. ISBN 9780199534197/4203

Daniela Isac and Charles Reiss give a demonstration of the application of the scientific method in linguistic theory. Their presentation of the research programme inspired and led by Noam Chomsky shows how the focus of theory and research in linguistics shifted from treating language as a disembodied, human-external entity to cognitive biolinguistics – the study of language as a human cognitive system embedded within the mind/brain of each individual.

Adjectives and Adverbs: Syntax, Semantics, and Discourse. Authors Louise McNally and Christopher Kennedy. Edition First. Publisher Oxford University Press. Pages 369. Price £65.00/£24.99. ISBN 9780199211616/1623

In this volume leading researchers present new work on the semantics and pragmatics of adjectives and adverbs, and their interfaces with syntax. Its concerns include the semantics of gradability; the relationship between adjectival scales and verbal aspect; the relationship between meaning and the positions of adjectives and adverbs in nominal and verbal projections; and the fine-grained semantics of different subclasses of adjectives and adverbs.

English Syntax and Argumentation. Author Bas Aarts. Edition Third. Publisher Palgrave Macmillan. Pages 344. Price £22.99. ISBN 9780230551213

This textbook gives students a thorough grounding in the basics of sentence structure and acquaints them with the essentials of syntactic argument. Now updated and expanded, the third edition features an additional chapter on grammatical indeterminacy, a case study on subordinating conjunctions and prepositions, and new exercises.

Gimsons’s Pronunciation of English. Author Alan Cruttenden. Edition Seventh. Publisher Hodder Education. Pages 384. Price £21.99. ISBN 9780340958773

This seventh edition has been revised throughout, with particular emphasis on those areas that have seen rapid change in recent years. A new introduction gives an overview of phonetics, examines the notion of a standard English accent and outlines key concepts in the learning of English as a first language and as an additional language. All the central chapters have been updated, notably by the inclusion of revised articulatory diagrams based on recent MRI scans.

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