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Paleopoetics - The Evolution of the Preliterate Imagination (Hardcover, New): Christopher Collins Paleopoetics - The Evolution of the Preliterate Imagination (Hardcover, New)
Christopher Collins
R1,560 R1,154 Discovery Miles 11 540 Save R406 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Christopher Collins introduces an exciting new field of research traversing evolutionary biology, anthropology, archaeology, cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, and literary study. Paleopoetics maps the selective processes that originally shaped the human genus millions of years ago and prepared the human brain to play, imagine, empathize, and engage in fictive thought as mediated by language. A manifestation of the "cognitive turn" in the humanities, "Paleopoetics" calls for a broader, more integrated interpretation of the reading experience, one that restores our connection to the ancient methods of thought production still resonating within us.

Speaking with authority on the scientific aspects of cognitive poetics, Collins proposes reading literature using cognitive skills that predate language and writing. These include the brain's capacity to perceive the visible world, store its images, and retrieve them later to form simulated mental events. Long before humans could share stories through speech, they perceived, remembered, and imagined their own inner narratives. Drawing on a wide range of evidence, Collins builds an evolutionary bridge between humans' development of sensorimotor skills and their achievement of linguistic cognition, bringing current scientific perspective to such issues as the structure of narrative, the distinction between metaphor and metonymy, the relation of rhetoric to poetics, the relevance of performance theory to reading, the difference between orality and writing, and the nature of play and imagination.

A Little Book of Language (Paperback): David Crystal A Little Book of Language (Paperback)
David Crystal 1
R243 R207 Discovery Miles 2 070 Save R36 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling.

From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging, " A Little Book of Language" ranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks. In animated fashion, Crystal sheds light on the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents, and the search for the first written word. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, as well as successful cases of linguistic revitalization. Much more than a history, Crystal's work looks forward to the future of language, exploring the effect of technology on our day-to-day reading, writing, and speech. Through enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, as well as Crystal's avuncular and entertaining style, "A Little Book of Language" will reveal the story of language to be a captivating tale for all ages.

A Grammar of Mangghuer - A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund (Hardcover, Annotated Ed): Keith W. Slater A Grammar of Mangghuer - A Mongolic Language of China's Qinghai-Gansu Sprachbund (Hardcover, Annotated Ed)
Keith W. Slater
R2,454 Discovery Miles 24 540 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


This book is a grammar of Mangghuer, a Mongolic language spoken by approximately 25,000 people in China's northwestern Qinghai Province. Mangghuer is virtually unknown outside China, and no grammar of Mangghuer has ever been published in any language. The book's primary importance is thus as a systematic grammatical description of a little-known language. The book also makes a significant contribution to comparative Mongolic studies. In addition to the synchronic description of Mangghuer, extensive comparison with other Mongolic languages is included, demonstrating the genetic relationship of Mangghuer within that family. In the course of describing Mangghuer linguistic structures, the book also examines issues of interest to linguistic typologists.

Vietnamese Tone - A New Analysis (Hardcover): Andrea Hoa Pham Vietnamese Tone - A New Analysis (Hardcover)
Andrea Hoa Pham; Edited by Laurence Horn
R5,542 Discovery Miles 55 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


In linguistic study, tone is usually equated with pitch. Andrea Pham argues that this view of tone is problematic. Her acoustic analysis of tone in Vietnamese uses data from various speakers to show that the phonation features of breathiness and creakiness correlate much more closely with tonal perceptions than pitch height alone. This finding resolves what has long been regarded as a serious contradiction between the phonetics of certain Vietnamese tones and their phonological status. This new book offers research that will affect further study of tone in Vietnamese and other tonal languages.

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation (Paperback, Reissue): R. L Trask The Penguin Guide to Punctuation (Paperback, Reissue)
R. L Trask
R183 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R59 (32%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Do you find punctuation difficult? Are you puzzled by colons and semicolons? Unsure of where commas should go? Confused by hyphens and apostrophes? If so, then this jargon-free and succinct guide is for you.

• Contains precise and up-to-date definitions of every type of punctuation mark and shows how each should be used
• Gives numerous examples of good and bad usage
• Explains the correct use of capital letters, contractions and abbreviations, italics, boldface and the special characters available on a word processor
The English Language - A Guided Tour of the Language (Paperback, 2nd Ed): David Crystal The English Language - A Guided Tour of the Language (Paperback, 2nd Ed)
David Crystal
R233 R160 Discovery Miles 1 600 Save R73 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and finally he gives a brief history of English. The book has been fully revised and there is a fascinating new chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language.

English-Only Europe? - Challenging Language Policy (Paperback): Robert Phillipson English-Only Europe? - Challenging Language Policy (Paperback)
Robert Phillipson
R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


English-Only Europe? explores the role of languages in the process of European integration.
Languages are central to the development of an integrated Europe. The way in which the European Union deals with multilingualism has serious implications for both individual member countries and international relations.
In this book, Robert Phillipson considers whether the contemporary expansion of English represents a serious threat to other European languages. After exploring the implications of current policies, Phillipson argues the case for more active language policies to safeguard a multilingual Europe. Drawing on examples of countries with explicit language policies such as Canada and South Africa, the book sets out Phillipson's vision of an inclusive language policy for Europe, and describes how it can be attained.

Auf Englisch verhandeln fur Dummies Das Pocketbuch (German, Paperback): Lars M Blohdorn, Denise Hodgson-Mockel Auf Englisch verhandeln fur Dummies Das Pocketbuch (German, Paperback)
Lars M Blohdorn, Denise Hodgson-Mockel
R148 R139 Discovery Miles 1 390 Save R9 (6%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Stumped - Conundrums and Frivolous Questions (Paperback): Ed Kaiser Stumped - Conundrums and Frivolous Questions (Paperback)
Ed Kaiser
R229 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R45 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Cognitive Poetics - An Introduction (Hardcover): Peter Stockwell Cognitive Poetics - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Peter Stockwell
R1,999 Discovery Miles 19 990 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Cognitive poetics is a new way of thinking about literature, involving the application of cognitive linguistics and psychology to literary texts. This book is the first introductory text to this growing field.
In Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction, the reader is encouraged to re-evaluate the categories used to understand literary reading and analysis. Covering a wide range of literary genres and historical periods, the book encompasses both American and European approaches. Each chapter explores a different cognitive-poetic framework and relates it to a literary text. Including a range of activities, discussion points, suggestions for further reading and a glossarial index, the book is both interactive and highly accessible.
Cognitive Poetics: An Introduction is essential reading for students on stylistics and literary-linguistic courses, and will be of interest to all those involved in literary studies, critical theory and linguistics.

Eye-Tracking - A Guide for Applied Linguistics Research (Paperback): Kathy Conklin, Ana Pellicer-Sanchez, Gareth Carrol Eye-Tracking - A Guide for Applied Linguistics Research (Paperback)
Kathy Conklin, Ana Pellicer-Sanchez, Gareth Carrol
R543 Discovery Miles 5 430 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Eye-tracking is quickly becoming a valuable tool in applied linguistics research as it provides a 'real-time', direct measure of cognitive processing effort. This book provides a straightforward introduction to the technology and how it might be used in language research. With a strong focus on the practicalities of designing eye-tracking studies that achieve the standard of other well-established experimental techniques, it provides valuable information about building and designing studies, touching on common challenges and problems, as well as solutions. Importantly, the book looks at the use of eye-tracking in a wide variety of applied contexts including reading, listening and multi-modal input, writing, testing, corpus linguistics, translation, stylistics, and computer-mediated communication. Each chapter finishes with a simple checklist to help researchers use eye-tracking in a wide variety of language studies. Discussion is grounded in concrete examples, which will allow users coming to the technology for the first time to gain the knowledge and confidence to use it to produce high quality research.

15-Minute Japanese (English, Japanese, Paperback): Dk 15-Minute Japanese (English, Japanese, Paperback)
Dk
R239 R196 Discovery Miles 1 960 Save R43 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Words - An Integrational Approach (Hardcover): Hayley G. Davis Words - An Integrational Approach (Hardcover)
Hayley G. Davis
R2,226 Discovery Miles 22 260 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


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Communication and Linguistic Theory

Analyzing English in a Global Context - A Reader (Paperback): Anne Burns, Caroline Coffin Analyzing English in a Global Context - A Reader (Paperback)
Anne Burns, Caroline Coffin
R827 Discovery Miles 8 270 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


Devised in collaboration with the Open University and Macquarie University, Australia, Analysing English in a Global Context is specifically designed for the postgraduate student market, as well as for teachers of English as a second or foreign language throughout the world. This is a groundbreaking Reader which includes specially commissioned pieces as well as classic texts and provides a global perspective on the changing uses and forms of English and its impact on language teaching contexts. Students' skills in analysing these forms will be developed through an examination of the major functional models and their strengths and weaknesses.

Exploring French Text Analysis - Interpretations of National Identity (Paperback): Robert Crawshaw, Karin Tusting Exploring French Text Analysis - Interpretations of National Identity (Paperback)
Robert Crawshaw, Karin Tusting
R860 Discovery Miles 8 600 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Exploring French Text Analysis introduces students of French to a range of methods of text analysis, including stylistics and discourse analysis.
The editors provide a clear framework for analysing written French critically. Through a series of commentaries on a range of texts by different contributors, they present a variety of models for readers to follow.
The texts have been carefully chosen both to illustrate key points of language analysis and to present a picture of national identity. Texts including adverts, newspapers, magazines, travel writing, fiction and political texts cover a range of topics such as food, sport, law and the arts. The book also includes a comprehensive glossary of linguistic terms.

Other-Wordly - words both strange and lovely from around the world (Hardcover): Yee-Lum Mak Other-Wordly - words both strange and lovely from around the world (Hardcover)
Yee-Lum Mak; Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley
R293 R183 Discovery Miles 1 830 Save R110 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Discover words to surprise, delight and enamor. Learn terms for the sunlight that filters through the leaves of trees, for dancing awkwardly but with relish, and for the look shared by two people who each wish the other would speak first. Other-Wordly is an irresistible gift for lovers of words and those lost for words alike.

Definitions - Implications for Syntax, Semantics, and the Language of Thought (Hardcover): Annabel Cormack Definitions - Implications for Syntax, Semantics, and the Language of Thought (Hardcover)
Annabel Cormack
R2,442 Discovery Miles 24 420 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The answer to the question "How can we understand and use a definition?" provides new constraints on natural language and on the internal language in which meaning is mentally represented. Most syntax takes the sentence as the basic unit for well-formedness, but definitions force us to focus on words and phrases, and hence to focus on compositional syntax in parallel with compositional semantics. This study examines both dictionary definitions and definitions from textbooks, from the points of view of their syntax, semantics, and use for learning word meaning. The tools used throughout are Principles and Parameters syntax, Relevance theoretic pragmatics, Model theoretic semantics, and the formal theory of definitions.

The analyses argue that because phrases can be understood in isolation, some standard syntactic analyses must be modified. 'NP movement' has to be reanalysed as transmission of theta roles. These ideas are then applied to a variety of adjectives which take propositional complements. The final chapter argues that for definitions to be understood, the syntax of the Language of Thought must be close to that of Natural Language in specifiable ways.

English Words - A Linguistic Introduction (Paperback, Revised): Heidi Harley English Words - A Linguistic Introduction (Paperback, Revised)
Heidi Harley
R701 R555 Discovery Miles 5 550 Save R146 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

English Words is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of English words from a theoretically informed linguistic perspective. * accessibly written to give students a command of basic theory, skills in analyzing English words, and the foundation needed for more advanced study in linguistic theory or lexicology * covers basic introductory material and investigates the structure of English vocabulary * introduces students to the technical study of words from relevant areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics and psycholinguistics

The Language of Poetry (Paperback): John McRae The Language of Poetry (Paperback)
John McRae
R438 Discovery Miles 4 380 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days


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Jabulani means rejoice - A dictionary of South African names (Paperback, New ed): Phumzile Simelane Kalumba Jabulani means rejoice - A dictionary of South African names (Paperback, New ed)
Phumzile Simelane Kalumba
R250 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R52 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

Jabulani Means Rejoice is a dictionary comprised of hundreds of African names in local South African languages, meticulously assembled and expounded upon for the curious reader. Names are listed in alphabetical order with gender indications, as well as information regarding their ethnographic origins and meanings. Yet, Jabulani Means Rejoice is so much more than simply a list of names and their meanings. The author skilfully interweaves cultural context and history, including issues surrounding naming rituals, domestic disputes and the curse of the evil eye. The book starts with an essay on naming practices. As a reference work, Jabulani Means Rejoice stands as an invaluable contribution to the growing interest in African cultural history. With its names ranging from the traditional to the unconventional, it will appeal to linguists, family historians and anyone with an interest in names. Useful for parents-to-be; those who are interested in language and culture in South Africa. The book makes a great gift and is a must for all school, public and university libraries. Tourists will also treasure this book.

Confessions of a Lapsed Neo-Davidsonian - Events and Arguments in Compositional Semantics (Hardcover, Uk Ed.): Samuel L Bayer Confessions of a Lapsed Neo-Davidsonian - Events and Arguments in Compositional Semantics (Hardcover, Uk Ed.)
Samuel L Bayer
R2,851 Discovery Miles 28 510 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

First Published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Elastic Language - How and Why We Stretch our Words (Paperback): Grace Qiao Zhang Elastic Language - How and Why We Stretch our Words (Paperback)
Grace Qiao Zhang
R573 Discovery Miles 5 730 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Elastic language carries non-specific and stretchable meaning, as in 'He loves her, kind of'. It is used like a slingshot, targeting various strategic goals. Consolidating current research and charting new directions, this book develops a refreshing theory of elasticity, empirically attested by natural language data from tension-prone encounters between Australian Customs officers and passengers. The theory proposes three principles (fluidity, stretchability and strategy) and offers a systematic look at how elastic language, as a sliding scale, works to balance strengthening and weakening speech tones, to firm and soften a speaker's stance, and to reveal and evade the truth. The comparative analysis of forms, functions, and context confirms that elastic language is fluid, stretchable, and strategic. It serves both cooperative and competitive functions, and social and speech factors impact on its use. This book will appeal to students and researchers working in pragmatics, applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and communication.

Language Through Literature - An Introduction (Hardcover): Paul Simpson Language Through Literature - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Paul Simpson
R2,231 Discovery Miles 22 310 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Language Through Literature" provides a definitive introduction to the English language through the medium of English literature. Through the use of illustrations from poetry, prose and drama, this book offers a lively guide to important concepts and techniques in English language study.
Among the many topics covered in the book are the form and meaning of words, the structure of narrative discourses and the organization of dialogue and conversation. Each chapter explores a specific aspect of the modern English language using a combination of exposition and practical activities. Each chapter also provides points for further discussion and includes project work for use individually, or as part of a group.
Readers will find the author's selection and presentation of topics helpful, as Paul Simpson progressively widens the scope of topics from single words to the structure of whole conversations. "Language Through Literature" is designed for the non-specialist who is new to the study of the English language and will be particularly relevant to anyone interested in the in the relationship between the English language and English literature.

English for Everyone Slipcase: Beginner (Hardcover): Dk English for Everyone Slipcase: Beginner (Hardcover)
Dk
R1,207 R939 Discovery Miles 9 390 Save R268 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
Inkintsela yaseMontana Idrama namanqakwana (Xhosa, Paperback): A. Watu Inkintsela yaseMontana Idrama namanqakwana (Xhosa, Paperback)
A. Watu
R144 R43 Discovery Miles 430 Save R101 (70%) In stock

Winner - Maskew Miller Longman 2012 Literature Awards. Inkintsela yaseMontana ngumdlalo ondimanye, ongemiba ethwaxa abazali abangoomama abaphila phantsi kweemeko ngeemeko, batsho abantwana babo barhintyelwe yimigibe yobu bomi. Lo mkrwelo uyayigqabhuza intswelabulungisa kwanenkqubo yeenganga ezingatshonelwa langa. Iglosari, imisetyenzana esekwe kulo mdlalo nesishwankathelo somboniso ngamnye, yenza kube lula ukuwulandela. Zifundele lo mdlalo ohlaba ikhwelo kuluntu luphela.

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