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Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics



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This is the 1st edition with a publication date of 3/25/2010.

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Language in the Real World: An introduction to linguistics challenges the traditional approaches taken to linguistics to provide an innovative introduction to the subject. By first examining the real world applications of core areas of linguistics and then addressing the theory behind these applications, this text offers an inductive, illustrative, and interactive overview for students.

Author Biography

Susan J. Behrens is Professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Marymount Manhattan College. Judith A. Parker is Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Mary Washington.

Table of Contents

Alternate Contentsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Contributorsp. xii
Introductionp. 1
Language, Education, and Cultural Changep. 9
Language Variation: Students and Teachers Reflect on Accents and Dialectsp. 11
Speech Communities: Language as a Mediator of Messages and Perceptionsp. 27
Teaching Pronunciation: Using Phonology in the ESL and Foreign Language Classroomp. 43
Literature, Translation, and Computersp. 65
Lexicography: What Dictionaries Reveal about Language and Dictionary Makersp. 67
Text Translation: Approaching Othernessp. 89
Machine Translation: The Challenge of Ambiguityp. 107
The N-Word, the F-Word, and All that Jazz: Race, Sex, and Transgressive Language in Contemporary American Literature and Popular Culturep. 123
Language, Power, and Identityp. 137
Language, Power, and Sexual Assault: Women's Voices on Rape and Social Changep. 139
Gender, Language, and Power: Surname or Surname?p. 164
Linguistics as a Forensic Science: The Case of Author Identificationp. 180
Forms of Language and Communicationp. 205
First Language Acquisition: Developing Native Linguistic Competencep. 207
ASL: A Visual Languagep. 226
Animal Communication: The ˘Language÷ of Honey Beesp. 225
Language and Communication Sciencep. 275
Communication Disorders: A Personal Perspectivep. 277
Analyzing Narratives: An Example of Cross-Cultural Research Methodsp. 297
Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Contributions to Understanding Healthy Aging and Dementiap. 314
Language of Children with Autism: The Two Worlds Underlying Verbal Communicationp. 331
Glossaryp. 349
Indexp. 367
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