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Read. Write. Oxford.
Language: A Reader for Writers focuses on the central and complex topic of language, exploring the reality of our multilingual world and the complexities of writing in a multilingual college classroom. It takes on key issues including the nature of language; the effects of globalization; endangered languages; multilingualism and language diversity; language, politics, and power; language and writing; language correctness; and the ways in which language shapes identity. The articles embody a range of experiences, ideas, and strategies-from scientific research and powerful arguments to poetic reflection and playful celebration.
Developed for the freshman composition course, Language: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in discussions about language, learning, and the writing process.
Language: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.
Gita Dasbender is a Senior Faculty Associate in English and Coordinator of Second Language Writing at Seton Hall University.
Table of Contents
1. What is language for? Lera Boroditsky, "How Does Our Language Shape The Way We Think?" Edge Susanne Langer, "Language and Thought" Ms Magazine Arika Okrent, "Body Language" Lapham's Quarterly Anassa Rhenisch, "Alien Languages: Not Human" Science In My Fiction Julie Sedivy, "Is Your Language Making You Broke and Fat? How Language Can Shape Thinking and Behavior (And How It Can't)" Discover 2. Multilingualism Robert Lane Greene, "Which Is The Best Language to Learn?" More Intelligent Life John McWhorter, "Which Languages Should Liberal Arts Be About in 2010?" The New Republic Alexander Arguelles, "Experience: I Can Speak 50 Languages" The Guardian Adam Pulford, "Words are Wind" OUPblog Eddie Dean, "Klingon as a Second Language" Washington City Paper Sarah L. Higley, "Audience, Uglossia, and CONLANG: Inventing Languages on the Internet" Media/Culture Journal 3. Language and Writing Linda Flower, "Writing for an Audience" Problem-Solving Strategies for Writing Emily Badger, "Plain English Urged to Limit Federal Bureaucracy" Pacific Standard Rachel La Corte, "Washington State Sees Results From 'Plain Talk' Initiative" The Olympian Ellen Collett, "The Art of the Police Report" Writer's Chronicle Anne Trubek, "We Are All Writers Now" More Intelligent Life 4. Language and Correctness Robert Lane Greene, "On Language Nerds and Nags" More Intelligent Life Kyle Wiens, "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why." Harvard Business Review Sue Shellenbarger, "This Embarrasses You and I*" Wall Street Journal Alison Griswold, "Your Bad Grammar At Work: What's the Problem?" Forbes Linton Weeks, "R Grammar Gaffes Ruining the Language? Maybe Not." National Public Radio Kate Dailey, "Are Language Cops Losing War Against "Wrongly" Used Words?" BBC Robert Lane Greene, "OMG, ETC." More Intelligent Life 5. Language and Gender Jason Davis, "The Soccer Mom" Run of Play Robert Lane Greene, "Hey Dude" More Intelligent Life Wendy Kaminer, "Let's Talk About Gender, Baby" Prospect Amy Reiter, "Why Being a Jerk at Work Pays" The Daily Beast Nathalie Rothschild, "Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Hen" Slate Magazine Mark McCormack, "Don't Call Me Homophobic: The Complexity of 'That's So Gay'" Open Democracy 6. Language and Race James Baldwin, "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" New York Times John McWhorter, "Speaking Swahili for Kwanzaa?" The Root Bassey Ikpi, "Why The Whole 'Poor Africa' Thing Isn't Cool" xoJane Daniel Hernandez, "Spanglish Moves Into Mainstream" Boston Globe Leticia Salais, "Saying 'Adios' to Spanglish" Newsweek Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, "Regarding Spanglish" Newspaper Tree Jaswinder Bolina, "Writing Like a White Guy" Poetry 7. Language and Politics William Lutz, "Doubts About Doublespeak" State of the Language George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" Horizon Alexis Madrigal, "Why Are Spy Researchers Building a 'Metaphor Program'?" The Atlantic Neal Whitman, " 'Kinetic' Connections" Visual Thesaurus Julie Sedivy, "Are You a Mac or a Mac User? How the Language of Identity Persuades" Psychology Today 8. Fighting Words Rebecca Solnit, "When The Media Is the Disaster" Guernica Magazine Susan Benesch, "Words as Weapons" World Policy Journal Julie Sedivy, "Politically Correct Animal Language" Psychology Today Shani Hilton, "The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill: 'Racism'" Colorlines.com Mary Giovagnoli, "'Anchor Baby' Added to New American Heritage Dictionary" and "American Heritage Dictionary Redefines 'Anchor Baby' Term as 'Offensive' and 'Disparaging'" Immigration Impact Mark Peters, "Why Personhood is Powerful" Boston Globe 9. The language of globalization Henry Hitchings, "'Conquer English to Make China Strong': The Globalization of English" The Language Wars Julie Traves, "The Church of Please and Thank You." This Magazine Pallavi Polanki, "Operation Mind Your Language" Open Magazine Shehzad Nadeem, "Accent Neutralisation and a Crisis of Identity in India's Call Centres" The Guardian Gloria Gibbons, "Are We All Turning 'Globish"? Pharmaceutical Market Europe Jin Zhao, "Oh My Lady Gaga! This Is So Gelievable!": Chinglish Entering Globish? Things You Don't Know About China 10. Endangered languages Jonathan Amos, "Digital Tools 'To Save Languages'" BBC Joanna Eede, "You can't Google it and get it back" Survival International Roy Boney, "The Indomitable Language" Indian Country Today Hugo Cardoso, "The Death of An Indian Born Language" Open Magazine Stephen Pax Leonard, "Death by Monoculture" University of Cambridge Russ Rymer, "Vanishing Voices" National Geographic Appendix: Researching and Writing About Language