9780205672660

Exploring Language

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205672660

  • ISBN10:

    0205672663

  • Edition: 12th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2010
  • Publisher: Longman
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Summary

Exploring Language features thought provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. The text challenges the reader to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. Key topics include Gender and Language; Hate Speech; Language of War; Censorship.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the ninth edition's objective remains the same to bring together exciting readings that explore the various ways language and American society are interconnected while reflecting on the new and fascinating language issues that exist in our culture today.

The provocative selections, organized around ten major language areas, demonstrate the subtle complexities and richness of English. They also invite students to debate current social and cultural issues that are inseparable from language. Chapter themes reflect the wide spectrum of language issues affecting our contemporary culture. Rhetorical features encourage critical thinking and reflection.

Each assignment is preceded by a head note containing useful thematic and biographical information. For anyone interested in the connection between language and society.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Critical Thinking
Breaking Silences
Beginnings: Evolution of Language
Visual: Tower of Babel Hand to Mouth
Language and Thought
Horton Heared a Who!
Another Language for the Deaf
Visual: SignWriting Speaking in Tongues
How Do You Learn a Dead Language?
Personal Recollections: Coming into Language
Homemade Education
A Word for Everything
Visual: American Sign Language
My Yiddish
Spanish Lessons
Language of Silence
Visual: A Childrsquo;s First Story
Writers on Writing
The Writing Process
Writing for an Audience
Getting Started
Computers Invite a Tangled Web of Complications
Writing to Change the World
Visual: The Secret Lives of Fonts
On Good Writing
Finding the Right Words
Case for Short Words
Saying is Believing
Clichersquo;s Anyone
Selection, Slanting and Charged Language
A World of Language
What Is ldquo;American Englishrdquo;?
Do You Speak American
Everyone Has an Accent but Me
Good English and Bad
Why the U.S. Needs an Official Language
And May He Be Bilingual
English as a Global Language
Why a Global Language?
What Global Language?
Not the Queenrsquo;s English
Lost in America
Technology and Language
Making Connections in a Modern World
Is PowerPoint the Devil?
Visual: Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in PowerPoint
The Making of the Gettysburg PowerPoint Presentation
Virtual Friendship
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Exploring Language July 12, 2011
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Exploring Language features thought provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society. This textbook has many great essays and written works by famous writers and various other people. The textbook challenges the reader to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. Recommended!
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