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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language



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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
Physical identity
Psychological identity
Geographical identity
Ethnic and national identity
Social identity
Contextual identity
Stylistic identity and literature
The Structure of Language
Linguistic levels
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 reception
Speech interaction with machines
The sounds of speech
The linguistic use of sound
Sound symbolism
The Medium of Language: Writing and Reading
Written and spoken language
Graphic expression
The process of reading and writing
The Medium of Language: Signing and Seeing
Sign language
Sign language structure
Types of sign language
Child Language Acquisition
Investigating children's language
The first year
Phonological development
Grammatical development
Semantic development
Pragmatic development
Language development in school
Language, Brain, and Disability
Language and the brain
Language disability
The Languages of the World
How many languages?
How many speakers?
The origins of language
Families of language
The Indo-European family
Other families
Language isolates
Language change
Pidgins and creoles
Language in the World
The language barrier
Translating and interpreting
Artificial languages
World languages
Language planning
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
Further reading
Index of languages, families, dialects, and scripts
Index of authors and personalities
Index of topics
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