Languages and linguistics roundup

November 4, 2010

Writing Arabic: From Script to Type

Author: Stefan Moginet

Edition: First

Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press

Pages: 112

Price: £26.95

ISBN 9789774162923

Examples of Arabic handwriting, calligraphy and typography are featured in this text on the development of the language's writing styles. It examines Arabic writing from its early beginnings when the text was inscribed by reed pens, up to 21st-century computerised typesetting. The author explains the importance of writing instruments and the surfaces on to which letters are inscribed.

Hocak Teaching Materials, Volume 1: Elements of Grammar/Learner's Dictionary

Editors: Johannes Helmbrecht and Christian Lehmann

Edition: First

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Pages: 484

Price: £64.25 and £21.50

ISBN 9781438433394 and 3387

This comprehensive dictionary of the endangered North American Indian language includes around 4,000 entries. Featuring a lengthy introduction to the basics of the phonology, orthography and morphology of the language, the user-friendly guide also provides an explanation of terms for non-linguists.

A Comprehensive Indonesian-English Dictionary

Editors: Alan M. Stevens and A. Ed. Schmidgall-Tellings

Edition: Second

Publisher: Ohio University Press

Pages: 1,128

Price: £97.95

ISBN 9780821418970

Based on five years of research, the second edition of this lexicon provides readers with current information on the names of political parties, acronyms for government offices, Islamic terms, colloquial pronunciations, and abbreviated forms used in blogs and emails. The guide also features root words, meanings, proverbs, idioms, compounds and derivatives for each entry.

Hong Kong English

Authors: Jane Setter, Cathy S.P. Wong and Brian H.S. Chan

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 192

Price: £60.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748635955 and 5962

The survival of the English language in Hong Kong since the decline of colonial rule is examined, including the use of the language in the fields of education, finance and the hospitality industry. Taking into account historical, socio-cultural and socio-political developments, the authors describe the use of English as a linguistic phenomenon from the point of view of language structure.

Language and Identities

Editors: Carmen Llamas and Dominic Watt

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 320

Price: £80.00 and £24.99

ISBN 9780748635764 and 5771

This text offers a broad survey of knowledge on the connections between variability in language use and the construction, negotiation, maintenance and performance of identities' varying levels. Its international contributors illustrate how the multi-layered, dynamic nature of identities is realised through linguistic behaviour.

Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics

Authors: Susan J. Behrens and Judith A. Parker

Edition: First

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor and Francis

Pages: 392

Price: £24.99

ISBN 9780415774680

By challenging the traditional approaches to linguistics, the authors seek to examine the real-world applications of core areas in the subject. They address the theory behind these applications and provide an overview for students including animal communication, phonology, language variation, gender and power.

Language into Language: Cultural, Legal and Linguistic Issues for Interpreters and Translators

Authors: Saul Sibirsky and Martin C. Taylor

Edition: First

Publisher: McFarland

Pages: 254

Price: £44.50

ISBN 9780786448111

This text will guide novice and veteran professionals in the field of translation. It covers historical, legal, ethical and economic issues and also deals with common challenges that arise in courtrooms and in the work of social service agencies.

Mastering Chinese: The Complete Course for Beginners

Author: Catherine Hua Xiang

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 384

Price: £17.99

ISBN 9780230200135

Xiang provides a user-friendly guide to learning Chinese. Adopting a conversational style throughout, she presents cultural insights together with an emphasis on correct pronunciation using Pinyin. There is also an introduction to the fascinating script and essential grammar.

Research Methods in Linguistics

Author: Lia Litosseliti

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 240

Price: £65.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780826489920 and 9937

Intended to help undergraduate and postgraduate students develop appropriate research methods, the text shows how to record, transcribe, code and analyse data. It offers practical and theoretical advice and covers formal, computational, quantitative and qualitative research methods in detail. Topics include the use of corpora, questionnaire design, computer-assisted content analysis, interview methods, observation and fieldwork in linguistics.

Key Terms in Second Language Acquisition

Authors: Alessandro G. Benati and Bill VanPatten

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 194

Price: £45.00 and £14.99

ISBN 9780826499141 and 9158

Linguistics and English-language students are offered an overview of the key terms in second-language acquisition that they are likely to encounter. The text presents definitions and reader-friendly summaries of key theories and thinkers in a complex field.

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