Exploring Language

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  • Copyright: 1995-01-01
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Table of Contents

Prefacep. xvii
Introduction: Thinking and Reading Criticallyp. 1
What Is Critical Thinking?p. 1
Why Read Criticallyp. 2
How to Read Criticallyp. 3
Critical Reading in Action--Sample Essay for Analysisp. 6
The Selling of Rebellionp. 10
Logical Fallacies--What They Are and How to Avoid Themp. 18
Logical Fallaciesp. 19
Exploring the Language of Visualsp. 21
Some Useful URLs on Writing and Languagep. 22
Breaking Silencesp. 24
Beginnings: Moving from Silence into Languagep. 26
Language and Thoughtp. 26
A Brief History of Englishp. 31
The Story of Writingp. 41
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Sign Languagep. 51
Personal Recollections: Coming into Languagep. 53
Homemade Educationp. 53
A Word for Everythingp. 56
The Language of Silencep. 61
Spanish Lessonsp. 67
Case Study: Women Breaking Silences--A Historical Surveyp. 74
Seneca Falls Declarationp. 74
Aren't I a Woman?p. 78
Women Compelled to Prove Themselvesp. 80
Professions for Womenp. 83
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Rosie the Riveterp. 88
Claiming an Educationp. 89
Exploring the Language of Visuals: The Guerrilla Girlsp. 94
Writers Writing: Words in Contextsp. 97
The Writing Processp. 99
Freewritingp. 99
Writing for an Audiencep. 105
The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscriptp. 108
Finding the Right Wordsp. 113
Simplicityp. 113
How to Write with Stylep. 119
Why "Techies" Need to Know How to Writep. 123
Cliches, Anyone?p. 132
Wired Languagep. 135
Language and the Internetp. 137
The Other Side of E-Mailp. 137
Internet Changes Language for:-) and :-(p. 139
The Internet ... Good News or Bad Languagep. 143
Identity and Self Onlinep. 146
The Virtual Communityp. 146
Can a Body Meet a Body Coming Through the Wire?p. 152
Identity in the Age of the Internetp. 155
Internet Spanglishp. 162
The Language of Humor: What Makes Us Laughp. 166
What's Funny?p. 168
Outsiders/Insidersp. 168
Holocaust Humorp. 178
Chris Rock: Seriously Funnyp. 184
In Answer to the Question: Have You Ever Considered Suicide?p. 188
Excerpt from The LA LA Awardsp. 190
Case Study: Cartoons and Comic Stripsp. 198
What Is a Cartoon?p. 199
Defiantly Incorrect: The Humor of John Callahanp. 203
Editorial Cartoonist--An Endangered Species?p. 208
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Sample Cartoonsp. 213
Politically Speakingp. 219
Political Word Playp. 221
How to Detect Propagandap. 221
Politics and the English Languagep. 227
Doubts About Doublespeakp. 238
Changing the Language of Sex Crimes Against Childrenp. 242
Case Study: GunSpeak--Political Pundits and the Public on Youth Violence in Americap. 246
Political Pundits Speak Outp. 247
The Erosion of Empathyp. 247
An Issue Beyond Ideologyp. 249
Missing the Markp. 251
Behind the School Shootingp. 254
Stop Blaming Kids and TVp. 257
The Public Speaks Outp. 261
Lessons of Littletonp. 261
Not Gun Shyp. 263
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Anti-Gun Protestp. 269
The Language of Mass Media and Advertisingp. 272
The Language of Mass Mediap. 275
Yadda, Yadda, Yaddap. 275
Freedom to Talk Dirtyp. 278
TV News: All the World in Picturesp. 281
Hurry Healingp. 288
The Infatuation with Foul Languagep. 291
Two-Headed Monstersp. 299
The Language of Advertisingp. 301
With These Words I Can Sell You Anythingp. 301
The Language of Advertisingp. 315
"Hey, Kids, Buy This!"p. 326
Get Out of My Face! The Use of Coarse Language in Advertisingp. 333
Exploring The Language of Visuals: Three Sample Adsp. 339
Censorship and Free Speechp. 346
Censorship and Free Speech on Campusp. 348
Regulating Racist Speech on Campusp. 348
The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campusesp. 353
In Praise of Censurep. 360
Censorship and Free Speech in Cyberspacep. 365
The Internet: A Clear and Present Danger?p. 365
What Part of "NO Law" Don't You Understand?p. 370
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Watching the Webp. 378
See No Evil, Surf No Evilp. 380
Censorship and Free Speech in Booksp. 383
The Freedom to Readp. 383
Banned Books Week 1997: A Case of Misrepresentationp. 387
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Huckleberry Finn Banned!p. 390
Author's Afterword from Fahrenheit 451p. 393
He Says/She Saysp. 397
Do Men and Women Speak the Same Language?p. 399
Sex Differencesp. 399
"I'll Explain It to You": Lecturing and Listeningp. 405
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Roz Chast on Gender and Languagep. 419
The Mask of Masculinityp. 421
Nonverbal Behavior: Culture, Gender, and the Mediap. 424
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Body Languagep. 428
Is English Sexually Biased?p. 431
Introduction to the A-Z of Non-Sexist Languagep. 431
Gender Bendersp. 436
Life as a Female Gentlemanp. 439
Real Men Don't: Anti-Male Bias in Englishp. 444
The Language of Labelingp. 457
Slurs and Stereotypesp. 459
"Nigger": The Meaning of a Wordp. 459
The Etymology of the International Insultp. 463
Crimes Against Humanityp. 467
Growing Up Asian in Americap. 475
Queerp. 482
Case Study: Political Correctnessp. 486
Bias-Free Language: Some Guidelinesp. 487
The Word Policep. 498
In the Canon, for All the Wrong Reasonsp. 503
Beware the Advozealots: Mindless Good Intentions Injure the Handicappedp. 507
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Callahan Cartoonp. 511
What Is the Language of the American People?p. 514
What Is "Standard" English?p. 516
Good English and Badp. 516
Why Good English Is Good for Youp. 525
Not White, Just Rightp. 535
On Not Writing in Englishp. 538
What's Not "Standard" English?--Slang and Jargonp. 542
It Ain't No Big Thingp. 542
Dangerous Dozensp. 549
It's, Like, Extreme, But Not Grossp. 553
Words of Wisdomp. 557
Case Study: English Only or Bilingualism?p. 562
Bilingualism in America: English Should Be the Only Languagep. 562
Exploring the Language of Visuals: "Please Do Not Feed Pigeons"p. 568
My Spanish Standoffp. 570
Let's Not Say Adios to Bilingual Educationp. 572
Photo and Text Creditsp. 578
Index of Authors and Titlesp. 583
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