The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1997-02-13
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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This second edition of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language presents a mass of new information and introduces the subject of language to a fresh generation of students and general readers. The first edition of the book is probably the most successful general study of language ever published. This second edition extends the range of coverage to include advances in areas like machine translation, speech interaction with machines, and language teaching. There is new material on acoustics, physiological concepts of language, and World English, and a complete update of the language distribution maps, language-speaking statistics, a table of the world's languages, and further reading. All geopolitical material has been revised to take account of boundary changes. The book has been redesigned and is presented for the first time in full colour, with new pictures and maps added.

Table of Contents

Part I. Popular Ideas about Language: 1. The prescriptive tradition
2. The equality of languages
3. The magic of language
4. The functions of language
5. Language and thought
Part II. Language and Identity: 6. Physical identity
7. Psychological identity
8. Geographical identity
8. Ethnic and national identity
10. Social identity
11. Contextual identity
12. Stylistic identity and literature
Part III. The Structure of Language: 13. Linguistic levels
14. Typology and universals
15. The statistical structure of language
16. Grammar
17. Semantics
18. Dictionaries
19. Names
20. Discourses and text
21. Pragmatics
Part IV. The Medium of Language: Speaking and Listening: 22. The anatomy and physiology of speech
23. The acoustics of speech
24. The instrumental 25. Speech reception
26. Speech interaction with machines
27. The sounds of speech
28. The linguistic use of sound
29. Suprasegmentals
30. Sound symbolism
Part V. The Medium of Language: Writing and Reading: 31. Written and spoken language
32. Graphic expression
33. Graphology
34. The process of reading and writing
Part VI. The Medium of Language: Signing and Seeing: 35. Sign language
36. Sign language structure
37. Types of sign language
Part VII. Child Language Acquisition: 38. Investigating children's language
39. The first year
40. Phonological development
41. Grammatical development
42. Semantic development
43. Pragmatic development
44. Language development in school
Part VIII. Language, Brain and Handicap: 45. Language and the brain
46. Language handicap
Part IX. The Languages of the World: 47. How many languages?
48. How many speakers?
49. The origins of language
50. Families of languages
51. The Indo-European family
52. Other families
53. Language isolates
54. Language change
55. Pidgins and creoles
Part X. Language in the World: 56. The language barrier
57. Translating and interpreting
58. Artificial languages
59. World languages
60. Multilingualism
61. Language planning
62. Foreign language learning and teaching
63. Language for special purposes
Part XI. Language and Communication: 64. Language and other communication systems
65. Linguistics

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