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Working With Texts - A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition): Ronald Carter, Maggie Bowring,... Working With Texts - A Core Introduction to Language Analysis (Paperback, 3rd Revised edition)
Ronald Carter, Maggie Bowring, Angela Goddard, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger, … 1
R306 Discovery Miles 3 060 Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Working with Texts is a well established textbook that introduces students to the main principles of language analysis, through contemporary text examples. Covering a wide range of language areas, the book uses an interactive, activity-based approach to support students' understanding of language structure and variety.

The third edition includes: new material on analyzing sound; an updated range of texts, including literary extracts, advertisements, newspaper articles, comic book strips, excerpts from popular comedy sketches, political speeches, telephone discourse, and internet chat; new extension work to support student-directed study; detailed suggestions after each unit for further reading within the Intertext series as a whole; and an updated list of URLs.

Cambridge Topics in English Language - Text Analysis and Representation (Paperback): Ian Cushing Cambridge Topics in English Language - Text Analysis and Representation (Paperback)
Ian Cushing; Edited by (general) Dan Clayton, Marcello Giovanelli
R352 Discovery Miles 3 520 In stock

Essential study guides for the future linguist. Text Analysis and Representation is a general introduction to the methods and principles behind English linguistics study, suitable for students at advanced level and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it looks at the way meaning is made using authentic written and spoken examples. This helps students give confident analysis and articulate responses. Using short activities to help explain analysis methods, this book guides students through major modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.

Elgar Introduction to Organizational Discourse Analysis (Paperback): Marco Berti Elgar Introduction to Organizational Discourse Analysis (Paperback)
Marco Berti
R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Our knowledge and understanding of organizations is both enabled and constrained by an invisible relationship of power that is embedded in the ways in which we act and speak. This book offers a succinct but comprehensive introduction to the vast field of organizational discourse analysis, the approach that studies organization as a linguistic phenomenon, and offers an original approach to investigate the relationship between materiality and discourse. Three original images of discourse are employed: discourse as a map, discourse as organizing and discourse as a mask. These metaphors are used as cognitive tools to highlight different implications and perspectives on discourse. The book critically compares and contrasts various linguistic-focused approaches to the study of organizations, and proposes the use of linguistic phenomena in connection with other methodologies. One section even offers an exemplification of the proposed approach to discourse analysis, presenting a map of discursive terrain, which plays a central role in the reproduction of local organizational and management discourses. This rich and approachable introduction is targeted at graduate and doctoral students, as well as non-specialist academics who want to familiarize themselves with the organizational discourse debate.

Voice Lessons - Understanding the Writer's Tools (Paperback): Nancy Dean Voice Lessons - Understanding the Writer's Tools (Paperback)
Nancy Dean
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Making the Father of the Bride's Speech (Paperback): John Bowden Making the Father of the Bride's Speech (Paperback)
John Bowden
R184 R152 Discovery Miles 1 520 Save R32 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

You have a wonderful opportunity to add to the magic of your daughter's wedding. Your words will linger in memories -- they may even be captured on video for future generations to hear. So what are the golden rules of speech making? How can you convey emotion, seriousness, and add a touch of humour? Should you offer advice to the happy couple, and what about the toast? The answers are all here in this vital book. Use it to add something special to an already special day.

Great Writing 4 - Great Essays (Hardcover, 3rd ed.): Keith S. Folse Great Writing 4 - Great Essays (Hardcover, 3rd ed.)
Keith S. Folse
R1,252 R1,179 Discovery Miles 11 790 Save R73 (6%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days

Great Authors, Great Writing Models, Great Teaching Support - Great Series!

How to Argue with a Cat - A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion (Paperback): Jay Heinrichs How to Argue with a Cat - A Human's Guide to the Art of Persuasion (Paperback)
Jay Heinrichs 1
R211 R122 Discovery Miles 1 220 Save R89 (42%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

If you can persuade a cat ... you can persuade anyone. This is the essential guide to getting your way. Jay Heinrichs, award-winning author of Thank You for Arguing and advisor to the Pentagon, NASA and Fortune 500 companies, distils a lifetime of negotiating and rhetoric to show you how to win over anyone - from colleagues and bosses, to friends and partners at home (and even the most stubborn of feline adversaries). You'll learn to: Perfect your timing - learn exactly when to pounce Get your body language, tone and gesture just right Think about what your opponent wants - always offer a comfy lap Lure them in by making them think they have the power The result? A happy, hopefully scratch-free, resolution. 'Jay Heinrichs knows a thing or two about arguing' The Times 'A master rhetorician and persuasion guru' Salon 'You got a bunch of logical engineers to inject pathos into their arguments ... it works!' NASA engineer

The Call of Stories - Teaching and the Moral Imagination (Hardcover): Robert Coles The Call of Stories - Teaching and the Moral Imagination (Hardcover)
Robert Coles
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Stylistics - A Resource Book for Students (Hardcover): Paul Simpson Stylistics - A Resource Book for Students (Hardcover)
Paul Simpson
R1,603 Discovery Miles 16 030 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the "Routledge English Language Introductions" series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible "two-dimensional" structure is built around four sections - introductions, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained. "Stylistics": is a comprehensive introduction to literary stylistics; covers the core areas, including register, dialect, vocabulary, grammar, sound and rhythm, speech and thought, narrative, dialogue, metaphor and meaning; draws on a range of literary texts, from Ernest Hemingway and D.H. Lawrence to Sylvia Plath, Roger McGough and Irvine Welsh; and provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline, including Derek Attridge, Ronald Carter and Walter Nash, Roger Fowler and Mick Short.

Language and Symbolic Power (Paperback, New Ed): Pierre Bourdieu Language and Symbolic Power (Paperback, New Ed)
Pierre Bourdieu
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This volume brings together Bourdieu's highly original writings on language and on the relations between language, power and politics. Bourdieu develops a forceful critique of traditional approaches to language, including the linguistic theories of Saussure and Chomsky and the theory of speech-acts elaborated by Austin and others. He argues that language should be viewed not only as a means of communication but also as a medium of power through which individuals pursue their interests and display their practical competence.

Drawing on the concepts which are part of his distinctive theoretical approach, Bourdieu maintains that linguistic utterances or expressions can be understood as the product of the relation between a 'linguistic market' and a 'linguistic habitus'. When individuals produce linguistic expressions, they deploy accumulated resources and they implicitly adapt their expressions to the demands of the social field or market. Hence every linguistic interaction, however personal and insignificant they may seem, bears the traces of the social structure that it both expresses and helps to reproduce.

Boudieu's account sheds fresh light on the ways in which linguistic usage varies according to considerations such as class and gender. It also opens up a new approach to the ways in which language is used in the domain of politics. For politics is, among other things, the site "par excellence" in which words are deeds and the symbolic character of power is at stake.

This volume, by one of the leading social thinkers in the world today, represents a major contribution to the study of language and power. It will be of interest to students throughout the social sciences andhumanities, especially in sociology, politics, anthropology, linguistics and literature.

Content Analysis of Verbal Behavior - New Findings and Clinical Applications (Hardcover): Louis A. Gottschalk Content Analysis of Verbal Behavior - New Findings and Clinical Applications (Hardcover)
Louis A. Gottschalk
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Focusing on language and the assessment of its meaning, this volume concentrates on a method of content analysis developed by the author and Goldine Gleser. Applicable to transcripts of speech or verbal texts, this method uses the grammatical clause as its smallest unit of communication, considers whether or not a verb is transitive and involves an object, or is intransitive and describes a state of being. It derives scores on many scales that have been tested for reliability of scoring and for construct validity with concurrently administered measures, such as rating and self-report scales as well as biochemical and pharmacological criteria. Finally, this volume provides detailed descriptions of the clinical and basic research establishing the validity of these scales, so that a reader can locate studies that have pertinence to any special interest area.
A major achievement described in this book is the development of computer software that understands grammar and syntax, can parse natural language, knows most of the words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, has been taught to identify idioms and slang, and is capable of continuing to learn. The program can score all the scales, report whether the scores obtained from a verbal sample are one to three standard deviations from the norms, and suggest APA DSM-IIIR diagnostic classifications the clinician might consider in assessing the patient.

Language and Style (Paperback): D. McIntyre, Beatrix Busse Language and Style (Paperback)
D. McIntyre, Beatrix Busse
R1,546 Discovery Miles 15 460 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Inspired by Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose, Mick Short's classic introduction to stylistics, Language and Style represents the state-of-the-art in literary stylistics and encompasses the full breadth of current research in the discipline. Written by leading scholars in the field, chapters cover a variety of methodological and analytical approaches, from traditional qualitative analysis to more recent developments in cognitive and corpus stylistics. Addressing the three, key literary genres of poetry, drama and narrative, Language and Style is divided into carefully balanced sections. Based on original research, each chapter demonstrates a particular analytic technique and explains how this might be applied to a text from one of the literary genres. Framed by helpful introductory material covering the foundational principles of stylistics, the chapters act as practical exemplars of how to carry out stylistic analysis. Comprehensive and engaging, this invaluable resource is essential reading for anyone interested in stylistics.

The Art of Rhetoric (Paperback): Aristotle The Art of Rhetoric (Paperback)
Aristotle
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HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics... Despite dating from the 4th century BC, The Art of Rhetoric continues to be regarded by many as the single most important work on the art of persuasion. As democracy began emerging in 5th-century Athens, public speaking and debate became an increasingly important tool to garner influence in the assemblies, councils, and law courts of ancient Greece. In response to this, both politicians and ordinary citizens became desperate to learn greater skills in this area, as well as the philosophy behind it. This treatise was one of the first to provide just that, establishing methods and observations of informal reasoning and style, and has continued to be hugely influential on public speaking and philosophy today. Aristotle, the grandfather of philosophy, student of Plato, and teacher of Alexander the Great, was one of the first people to create a comprehensive system of philosophy, encompassing logic, morality, aesthetics, politics, ethics, and science. Although written over 2,000 years ago, The Art of Rhetoric remains a comprehensive introduction for philosophy students into the subject of rhetoric, as well as a useful manual for anyone today looking to improve their oratory skills of persuasion.

Careers for Writers and Others Who Have a Way with Words (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Robert W. Bly Careers for Writers and Others Who Have a Way with Words (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Robert W. Bly
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A Theory of the Aphorism - From Confucius to Twitter (Hardcover): Andrew Hui A Theory of the Aphorism - From Confucius to Twitter (Hardcover)
Andrew Hui
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An engaging look at the aphorism, the shortest literary form, across time, languages, and cultures Aphorisms "or philosophical short sayings "appear everywhere, from Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to the Bible, Heraclitus to Nietzsche. Yet despite this ubiquity, the aphorism is the least studied literary form. What are its origins? How did it develop? How do religious or philosophical movements arise from the enigmatic sayings of charismatic leaders? And why do some of our most celebrated modern philosophers use aphoristic fragments to convey their deepest ideas? In A Theory of the Aphorism, Andrew Hui crisscrosses histories and cultures to answer these questions and more. With clarity and precision, Hui demonstrates how aphorisms "ranging from China, Greece, and biblical antiquity to the European Renaissance and nineteenth century "encompass sweeping and urgent programs of thought. Constructed as literary fragments, aphorisms open new lines of inquiry and horizons of interpretation. In this way, aphorisms have functioned as ancestors, allies, or antagonists to grand systems of philosophy. Encompassing literature, philology, and philosophy, the history of the book and the history of reading, A Theory of the Aphorism invites us to reflect anew on what it means to think deeply about this pithiest of literary forms.

Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 160 - Universal Semantic Syntax: A Semiotactic Approach (Hardcover): Egbert... Cambridge Studies in Linguistics, Series Number 160 - Universal Semantic Syntax: A Semiotactic Approach (Hardcover)
Egbert Fortuin, Hetty Geerdink-Verkoren
R1,881 R1,721 Discovery Miles 17 210 Save R160 (9%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Syntactic theory has been dominated in the last decades by theories that disregard semantics in their approach to syntax. Presenting a truly semantic approach to syntax, this book takes as its primary starting point the idea that syntax deals with the relations between meanings expressed by form-meaning elements and that the same types of relations can be found cross-linguistically. The theory provides a way to formalize the syntactic relations between meanings so that each fragment of grammar can be analyzed in a clear-cut way. A comprehensive introduction into the theoretical concepts of the theory is provided, with analyzes of numerous examples in English and various other languages, European and non-European, to illustrate the concepts. The theory discussed will enable linguists to look for similarities between languages, while at the same time acknowledging important language specific features.

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Grammatical Voice (Paperback): Fernando Zuniga, Seppo Kittila Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Grammatical Voice (Paperback)
Fernando Zuniga, Seppo Kittila
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The grammatical category of voice covers a wide range of phenomena, including causatives, applicatives, passives, antipassives, middles, and others. Drawing on data from over 200 languages, Fernando Zuniga and Seppo Kittila illustrate the semantic, morphological, and syntactic variation of voice across languages from a range of families and regions. They approach the topic from a broad and explicit perspective, and discuss a variety of topics that are not always regarded as voice, in order to make a clear and useful conceptual delimitation. Clearly organized and accessibly written, the book will be welcomed by students and scholars of linguistics, especially those interested in how grammatical categories work.

Wit's End - What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It (Hardcover): James Geary Wit's End - What Wit Is, How It Works, and Why We Need It (Hardcover)
James Geary
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James Geary explores every facet of wittiness, from its role in innovation to why puns demonstrate the essence of creativity. Geary reasons that wit is both visual and verbal, physical and intellectual: there's the serendipitous wit of scientists, the crafty wit of inventors, the optical wit of artists and the metaphysical wit of philosophers. In Wit's End, Geary embraces wit in every form by adopting a different style for each chapter; he writes the section on verbal repartee as a dramatic dialogue, the neuroscience of wit as a scientific paper, the spirituality of wit as a sermon, and other chapters in jive, rap and the heroic couplets of Alexander Pope. Demonstrating that brevity really is the soul of wit, Geary crafts each chapter from concise sections of 200, 400 or 800 words. Entertaining and illuminating Wit's End shows how wit is much more than a sense of humour.

Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition (Revised) (Paperback, Revised ed.): Thomas Kerchever Arnold Bradley's Arnold Latin Prose Composition (Revised) (Paperback, Revised ed.)
Thomas Kerchever Arnold
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Meaning Diminished - Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics (Hardcover): Kenneth A. Taylor Meaning Diminished - Toward Metaphysically Modest Semantics (Hardcover)
Kenneth A. Taylor
R968 Discovery Miles 9 680 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Meaning Diminished examines the complex relationship between semantic analysis and metaphysical inquiry. Kenneth A. Taylor argues that we should expect linguistic and conceptual analysis of natural language to yield far less metaphysical insight into what there is - and the nature of what there is - than many philosophers have imagined. Taking a strong stand against the so-called linguistic turn in philosophy, Taylor contends that philosophers as diverse as Kant, with his Transcendental Idealism, Frege, with his aspirational Platonism, Carnap with his distinction between internal and external questions, and Strawson, with his descriptive metaphysics, have placed too much confidence in the ability of linguistic and conceptual analysis to achieve deep insight into matters of ultimate metaphysics. He urges philosophers who seek such insight to turn away from the interrogation of language and concepts and back to the more direct interrogation of reality itself. In doing so, he maps out the way forward toward a metaphysically modest semantics, in which semantics carries less weighty metaphysical burdens, and toward a revisionary and naturalistic metaphysics, untethered to the a priori analysis of ordinary language.

Natural Language Semantics - Formation and Valuation (Hardcover): Brendan S. Gillon Natural Language Semantics - Formation and Valuation (Hardcover)
Brendan S. Gillon
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An introduction to natural language semantics that offers an overview of the empirical domain and an explanation of the mathematical concepts that underpin the discipline. This textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of those approaches to natural language semantics that use the insights of logic. Many other texts on the subject focus on presenting a particular theory of natural language semantics. This text instead offers an overview of the empirical domain (drawn largely from standard descriptive grammars of English) as well as the mathematical tools that are applied to it. Readers are shown where the concepts of logic apply, where they fail to apply, and where they might apply, if suitably adjusted. The presentation of logic is completely self-contained, with concepts of logic used in the book presented in all the necessary detail. This includes propositional logic, first order predicate logic, generalized quantifier theory, and the Lambek and Lambda calculi. The chapters on logic are paired with chapters on English grammar. For example, the chapter on propositional logic is paired with a chapter on the grammar of coordination and subordination of English clauses; the chapter on predicate logic is paired with a chapter on the grammar of simple, independent English clauses; and so on. The book includes more than five hundred exercises, not only for the mathematical concepts introduced, but also for their application to the analysis of natural language. The latter exercises include some aimed at helping the reader to understand how to formulate and test hypotheses.

Key Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics - Irony (Hardcover): Joana Garmendia Key Topics in Semantics and Pragmatics - Irony (Hardcover)
Joana Garmendia
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Irony is an intriguing topic, central to the study of meaning in language. This book provides an introduction to the pragmatics of irony. It surveys key work carried out on irony in a range of disciplines such as semantics, pragmatics, philosophy and literary studies, and from a variety of theoretical perspectives including Grice's approach, Sperber and Wilson's echoic account, and Clark and Gerrig's pretense theory. It looks at a number of uses of irony and explores how irony can be misunderstood cross-culturally, before delving into the key debates on the pragmatics of irony: is irony always negative? Why do speakers communicate via irony, and which strategies do they usually employ? How are irony and sarcasm different? Is irony always funny? To answer these questions, basic pragmatic notions are introduced and explained. It includes multiple examples and activities to enable the reader to apply the theoretical frameworks to actual everyday instances of irony.

Not One More! Feminicidio on the Border (Paperback): Nina Maria Lozano Not One More! Feminicidio on the Border (Paperback)
Nina Maria Lozano
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Literature - An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Regular Edition (Hardcover, 14th ed.): Joe (X J ) Kennedy,... Literature - An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing, Regular Edition (Hardcover, 14th ed.)
Joe (X J ) Kennedy, Dana Gioia
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The Norton Sampler - Short Essays for Composition (Hardcover, High School Ninth Edition): Thomas Cooley The Norton Sampler - Short Essays for Composition (Hardcover, High School Ninth Edition)
Thomas Cooley
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A trusted and engaging collection of 65 short essays, both classic and contemporary. All are arranged by rhetorical pattern, with practical instruction on how to write an essay. The Ninth Edition has a brand-new design, 22 NEW readings, a NEW chapter on the elements of the essay, and the most easy-to-use organization of any reader of its kind.

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