The Language Web: The Power and Problem of Words - The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures
Cambridge University Press, 1997 - 139 pages
Language is like a vast spider's web. In this volume Jean Aitchison explores the different facets of this web. She begins with the cobweb of false worries which surrounds language. She then discusses how language evolved in the human species, how children acquire it, and how educated English speakers remember 50,000 or more words. Finally, she argues that people are right to be concerned about language, though not in the ways traditionally assumed. This is the text of the 1996 BBC Reith lectures, slightly revised for publication, with illustrations and full references, and an afterword which looks at the reception of the lectures.
Avis des internautes - Rédiger un commentaire
Aucun commentaire n'a été trouvé aux emplacements habituels.
A. N. Wilson A. P. Herbert adult animal Ayto babies bananas behaviour Belfast birds Blackwell calls Cambridge University Press century chapter child directed speech child language chimp claimed cobweb Cognition dictionary discussed double negative editors English speakers Estuary English example gobbledegook grammar guage human language ideas ind edition Jean Aitchison kilOmetre language change language origin learning Lenneberg letter linguistic linked Listen Liz Forgan London Longman Martin Amis meaning mental Mermecolions metaphor mind monkey naming insight natural normal number of words occur origin of language parents past tense patterns Paul Johnson Penelope Lively Penguin pointed primates pronouns pronunciation quotation quoted Reith lectures reported rules sentence sequence social sometimes sounds speak speech spiders split infinitives Standard English suggested Talking drums television things tion tongue topic usage verbs Vervet vocabulary vocal Whorf wimp wine worries writer York