Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics

Language in the Real World: An Introduction to Linguistics

By: Susan J. Behrens (editor), Judith A. Parker (editor)Paperback

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Language in the Real World challenges traditional approaches 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. Key areas covered include animal communication, phonology, language variation, gender and power, lexicography, translation, forensic linguistics, language acquisition, ASL, and language disorders. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, is introduced by boxed notes listing the key points covered and features an author's note to readers that situates the chapter in its real world context. Activities and pointers for further study and reading are also integrated into the chapters and an end of text glossary is provided to aid study. Professors and students will benefit from the interactive Companion Website that includes a student section featuring comments and hints on the chapter exercises within the book, a series of flash cards to test knowledge and further reading and links to key resources. Material for professors includes essay and multiple choice questions based on each chapter and additional general discussion topics. Language in the Real World shows that linguistics can be appreciated, studied, and enjoyed by actively engaging real world applications of linguistic knowledge and principles and will be essential reading for students with an interest in language. Visit the Companion Website at

About Author

Susan J. Behrens is Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, USA. Judith A. Parker is Professor of English and Linguistics at the University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA.


Part I: Language, Education and Cultural Change 1. Language Variation: Students and teachers reflect on accents and dialects, Susan J. Behrens and Rebecca L. Sperling 2. Speech Communities: Language as a mediator of messages and perceptions, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth 3. Teaching Pronunciation: Using phonology in the ESL and foreign language classroom, Joanna Labov Part II: Literature, Translation and Computers 4. Lexicography: What dictionaries reveal about language and lexicographers, Paul Fallon 5. Text Translation: Approaching otherness, Mary Boldt and Esperanza Roncero 6. Machine Translation: The challenge of ambiguity, Nan Decker 7. Transgressive Language: The 'n- word' and the 'f- word' in popular culture and all that Jazz, Carmen Gillespie Part III: Language, Power, and Identity 8. Language, Power, and Sexual Assault: Women's voices on rape and social change, Judith A. Parker and Deborah Mahlstedt 9. Gender, Language and Power: Surname or sirname? Diana Boxer 10. The Possibility of Linguistics as a Forensic Science: The case of author identification, Carole E. Chaski Part IV: Forms of Language and Communication 11. First Language Acquisition: Developing native linguistic competence, Janine Graziano-King and Helen Cairns 12. ASL: A visual language, Miako Villanueva, Deanna Twain, and Laura Wood 13. Animal Communication: The "language" of honey bees, Wyatt Mangum Part V: Language and Communication Science 14. Communication Disorders: A personal perspective, Ann Jablon 15. Analyzing narratives: An example of cross cultural research methods, Cecile Stein 16. Neurolinguistics and Psycholinguistics: Contributions to healthy aging and dementia, Yael Neumann, Linda Carozza, and Anastasia Georgiou 17. Autism and Language: The two worlds underlying verbal communication, Marion Blank and Mary Beth Cull

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  • ISBN13: 9780415774680
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 392
  • ID: 9780415774680
  • weight: 703
  • ISBN10: 0415774683

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