Languages and Linguistics round-up

November 3, 2011

Introduction to Sociolinguistics: Society and Identity

Authors: Sharon K. Deckert and Caroline H. Vickers

Edition: First

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 256

Price: £65.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9781441150233 and 100283

Intended to serve as a definitive introductory work on modern sociolinguistics for both undergraduates and postgraduates, this text looks at the study of language and society through the concept of identity. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, the authors introduce work from a variety of fields that examine sociolinguistic data, including linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology and education.

An Introduction to Conversation Analysis

Author: Anthony J. Liddicoat

Edition: Second

Publisher: Continuum

Pages: 416

Price: £70.00 and £22.99

ISBN 9781441117618 and 189349

Designed to give an overview of conversation analysis, the text begins by locating it as a methodology among other methodologies, describing it as a body of knowledge that reveals the ways in which language works in communication. Eight chapters aim to introduce every aspect of conversation analysis via step-by-step examination.

Language Teaching: Linguistic Theory in Practice

Author: Melinda Whong

Edition: First

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Pages: 224

Price: £70.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780748636341 and 6358

By presenting a range of linguistic perspectives from formal to functional to cognitive, this book highlights the relevance of second-language acquisition research to the language classroom. Emphasising the formal generative approach, the author explores well-known language teaching methods, looking at the extent to which linguistic theory is relevant to the different approaches.

Teaching and Researching: Language and Culture

Author: Joan Kelly Hall

Edition: Second

Publisher: Pearson Education

Pages: 280

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9781408205068

The concepts of language and culture are increasingly found at the heart of developments in applied linguistics and related fields, and can provide useful insights into language acquisition and expression. This volume gives a perspective on the nature of language and culture and looks at how the use of language in the real world helps us to understand how language is used to construct our social and cultural worlds.

Old English Reader

Editor: Murray McGillivray

Edition: First

Publisher: Broadview Press

Pages: 344

Price: £24.50

ISBN 9781551118420

Murray McGillivray presents texts intended to be as unintimidating to the student as they are concise. They include prose, metrical prose and poetry, and represent a variety of genres (from saints' lives and metrical charms to heroic verse). Frequently taught canonical texts are balanced with interesting, lesser-known works, seen through the perspective of current interpretation.

Language, Proof and Logic

Authors: David Barker-Plummer, Jon Barwise and John Etchemendy

Edition: Second

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Pages: 650

Price: £45.00

ISBN 9781575866321

This textbook/software package covers first-order language in a method intended to serve courses ranging from first logic courses for undergraduates in philosophy, mathematics and computer science, to postgraduate logic courses. The accompanying online marking service instantly grades solutions to hundreds of computer exercises. This second edition is billed as a major expansion and revision and includes applications for mobile devices, additional exercises, a dedicated website and increased software compatibility and support.

Discourse and Genre: Analysing Language in Context

Author: Stephen Bax

Edition: First

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Pages: 232

Price: £55.00 and £18.99

ISBN 9780230217966 and 7973

With a clear focus on genre intended to allow students to examine language in context, this guide to discourse aims to offer an innovative and inductive approach. Using real texts, students are shown how each dimension of discourse connects and are given practical guidance on how to carry out a discourse analysis project.

Modern Syntax: A Coursebook

Author: Andrew Carnie

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 370

Price: £55.00 and £19.99

ISBN 9780521863353 and 682046

Andrew Carnie aims to introduce the basics of modern syntactic analysis. Each unit is constructed with the intention of allowing the reader to discover new ideas, formulate hypotheses and practise fundamentals. Short explanations with examples are followed by exercises, with feedback and comment sections enabling students to monitor their progress.

A New Reference Grammar of Modern Spanish

Authors: John Butt and Carmen Benjamin

Edition: Fifth

Publisher: Hachette/Hodder Education

Pages: 608

Price: £24.99

ISBN 9781444137699

Updated to include the latest findings of the Royal Spanish Academy's official grammar book, La Nueva Grámatica de la Lengua Española, this fifth edition is intended to be fully relevant to university-level students and teachers of Spanish. Key features are a guide on how to use the book, new vocabulary such as topical and technological terms aimed at bringing students up to date with contemporary spoken Spanish, and an increased focus on Latin American Spanish. It has improved guidance on recommended usage and advice on the academy's latest spelling rules.

Acoustic and Auditory Phonetics

Author: Keith Johnson

Edition: Third

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Pages: 232

Price: £22.99

ISBN 9781405194662

Looking to offer a balanced, student-friendly approach to speech, with lively sidebars on related topics, this updated edition is intended to reflect the latest advances in the field. It includes suggested readings and exercises designed to review and expand on the material, while a new chapter on speech perception addresses theoretical as well as practical concerns.

Phonetics: A Coursebook

Author: Rachael-Anne Knight

Edition: First

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Pages: 312

Price: £19.99

ISBN 9780521732444

A problem-based introduction to phonetics, with more than 300 exercises integrated into the text to help students discover and practise the subject interactively. It assumes no previous knowledge, and highlights and explains new terms and concepts when first introduced. Graded review questions and exercises at the end of each unit help students to monitor their progress and sharpen new skills.

Understanding Syntax

Author: Maggie Tallerman

Edition: Third

Publisher: Hachette/Hodder Education

Pages: 320

Price: £21.99

ISBN 9781444112054

Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this third edition discusses and illustrates the key terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world's languages. Word classes such as noun and verb are explained and the properties of these categories discussed. Concepts including gender, case and subordination are introduced and exemplified, with illustration from English and many other languages.

More Fluent French: A New Vocabulary

Author: C.W.E. Kirk-Greene

Edition: First

Publisher: Packard

Pages: 108

Price: £6.99

ISBN 9781853411403

A French-to-English reference work aimed at improving non-native-speakers' fluency via a rich selection of words from different language registers. The text explains a variety of phrases ranging from "road rage" and "jobseeker" to "TV dinner", although this is not a collection of slang. Suitable for lecturers, advanced French-language students and those living abroad.

The Biolinguistic Enterprise: New Perspectives on the Evolution and Nature of the Human Language Faculty

Editors: Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Cedric Boeckx

Edition: First

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Pages: 576

Price: £80.00 and £29.99

ISBN 97801995533 and 3280

Drawing on contributions from senior scholars, this resource aims to present some of the main work in progress in biolinguistics. The editors hope to offer fresh perspectives on language evolution and variation, new developments in theoretical linguistics, and insights into the relations between variation in language and variation in biology.

The Language of Language: A Linguistics Course for Starters

Authors: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira and Sunita Anne Abraham

Edition: Third

Publisher: CreateSpace

Pages: 302

Price: $20.00

ISBN 9781456458638

This reader-friendly text intended to support introductory undergraduate study assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics, and provides clear, concise, entertaining explanations of core concepts ranging from semantics to discourse. A companion website offers key resources for instructors and for self-study.

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