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This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. · All language statistics have been updated, and additional information provided about their linguistic affiliation · All topics involving technology have been revised to take account of recent developments, notably in phonetics, language disability, and computing · Maps have been revised to include new countries or country names · Special attention has been paid to fast-moving areas such as language teaching and learning · The text design has been completely updated with many new illustrations throughout
Table of Contents
|Preface to 1st edition|
|Preface to 2nd edition|
|Preface to 3rd edition|
|Popular Ideas About Language|
|The prescriptive tradition|
|The equality of languages|
|The magic of language|
|The functions of language|
|Language and thought|
|Language and Identity|
|Ethnic and national identity|
|Stylistic identity and literature|
|The Structure of Language|
|Typology and universals|
|The statistical structure of language|
|Discourse and text|
|The Medium of Language: Speaking and Listening|
|The anatomy and physiology of speech|
|The acoustics of speech|
|The instrumental analysis of speech|
|Speech interaction with machines|
|The sounds of speech|
|The linguistic use of sound|
|The Medium of Language: Writing and Reading|
|Written and spoken language|
|The process of reading and writing|
|The Medium of Language: Signing and Seeing|
|Sign language structure|
|Types of sign language|
|Child Language Acquisition|
|Investigating children's language|
|The first year|
|Language development in school|
|Language, Brain, and Disability|
|Language and the brain|
|The Languages of the World|
|How many languages?|
|How many speakers?|
|The origins of language|
|Families of language|
|The Indo-European family|
|Pidgins and creoles|
|Language in the World|
|The language barrier|
|Translating and interpreting|
|Foreign language teaching and learning|
|Language for special purposes|
|Language and Communication|
|Language and other communication systems|
|Special symbols and abbreviations|
|Table of the world's languages|
|Index of languages, families, dialects, and scripts|
|Index of authors and personalities|
|Index of topics|
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