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Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Hardcover): Barry Trachtenberg Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917 (Hardcover)
Barry Trachtenberg
R457 R364 Discovery Miles 3 640 Save R93 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Yiddish was widely viewed, even by many of its speakers, as a corrupt form of German that Jews had to abandon if they hoped to engage in serious intellectual, cultural, or political work. Yet, by 1917 it was the dominant language of the Russian Jewish press, a medium for modern literary criticism, a vehicle for science and learning, and the foundation of an ideology of Jewish liberation. ""The Revolutionary Roots of Modern Yiddish, 1903-1917"" investigates how this change in status occurred and three major figures responsible for its transformation.Trachtenberg reveals how, following the model set by other nationalist movements that were developing in the Russian empire, one-time revolutionaries such as the literary critic Shmuel Niger, the Marxist Zionist leader Ber Borochov, and the linguist Nokhem Shtif committed themselves to the creation of a new branch of Jewish scholarship dedicated to their native language. The new 'Yiddish science' was concerned with the tasks of standardizing Yiddish grammar, orthography, and word corpus; establishing a Yiddish literary tradition; exploring Jewish folk traditions; and creating an institutional structure to support their language's development. In doing so, the author argues, they hoped to reimagine Russian Jewry as a modern nation with a mature language and culture and one that deserved the same collective rights and autonomy that were being demanded by other groups in the empire.

Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing (Hardcover): Christopher D. Manning, Hinrich Schutze Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing (Hardcover)
Christopher D. Manning, Hinrich Schutze
R1,937 R1,439 Discovery Miles 14 390 Save R498 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Statistical approaches to processing natural language text have become dominant in recent years. This foundational text is the first comprehensive introduction to statistical natural language processing (NLP) to appear. The book contains all the theory and algorithms needed for building NLP tools. It provides broad but rigorous coverage of mathematical and linguistic foundations, as well as detailed discussion of statistical methods, allowing students and researchers to construct their own implementations. The book covers collocation finding, word sense disambiguation, probabilistic parsing, information retrieval, and other applications.

Indo-European Language and Culture - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Benjamin W. Fortson Indo-European Language and Culture - An Introduction (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Benjamin W. Fortson
R805 R637 Discovery Miles 6 370 Save R168 (21%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

This revised and expanded edition provides a comprehensive overview of comparative Indo-European linguistics and the branches of the Indo-European language family, covering both linguistic and cultural material. Now offering even greater coverage than the first edition, it is the definitive introduction to the field.Updated, corrected, and expanded edition, containing new illustrations of selected texts and inscriptions, and text samples with translations and etymological commentary
Extensively covers individual histories of both ancient and modern languages of the Indo-European family
Provides an overview of Proto-Indo-European culture, society, and language
Designed for use in courses, with exercises and suggestions for further reading included in each chapter
Includes maps, a glossary, a bibliography, and comprehensive word and subject indexes

Cyberformalism - Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive (Hardcover): Daniel Shore Cyberformalism - Histories of Linguistic Forms in the Digital Archive (Hardcover)
Daniel Shore
R842 R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Save R126 (15%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Linguistic forms are essential to meaning: like words, they make a semantic contribution to the things we say. We inherit them from past writers and speakers and fill them with different words to produce novel utterances. They shape us and the ways we interpret the world. Yet prevalent assumptions about language and the constraints of print-finding tools have kept linguistic forms and their histories hidden from view. Drawing on recent work in cognitive and construction grammar along with tools and methods developed by corpus and computational linguists, Daniel Shore's Cyberformalism represents a new way forward for digital humanities scholars seeking to understand the textual past. Championing a qualitative approach to digital archives, Shore uses the abstract pattern-matching capacities of search engines to explore precisely those combinatory aspects of language-word order, syntax, categorization-discarded by the "bag of words" quantitative methods that are dominant in the digital humanities. While scholars across the humanities have long explored the histories of words and phrases, Shore argues that increasingly sophisticated search tools coupled with growing full-text digital archives make it newly possible to study the histories of linguistic forms. In so doing, Shore challenges a range of received metanarratives and complicates some of the most basic concepts of literary study. Touching on canonical works by Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, and Kant, even as it takes the full diversity of digitized texts as its purview, Cyberformalism asks scholars of literature, history, and culture to revise nothing less than their understanding of the linguistic sign.

Research Methods in Linguistics - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Lia Litosseliti Research Methods in Linguistics - Second Edition (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Lia Litosseliti
R639 Discovery Miles 6 390 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Research Methods in Linguistics guides the reader through the key issues, principles, and contributions of core methods in linguistic research. It is an essential resource for researchers and graduate students looking for clear introductions to key concepts, accessible discussions of theory and practice through illustrative examples, and critical engagement with current debates. Topics covered include developing research questions; combining methods; quantitative research designs (including questionnaires, chi-square tests and t-tests); corpus analysis; qualitative research methods (interview methods, discourse analytic approaches, multimodal analysis). Expanded throughout, this second edition also features: - New chapters on ethics in linguistic research; transcription; and case study research - Further reading, online resources, discussion questions and a glossary of key terms for each chapter Providing in-depth introductions to key concepts, a wealth of examples from recent linguistic research and suggestions for further exploration and discussion in each area, this book will be an invaluable resource for anyone working with linguistic data.

Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives - Self-Making Man: A Day of Action, Life, and Language... Learning in Doing: Social, Cognitive and Computational Perspectives - Self-Making Man: A Day of Action, Life, and Language (Hardcover)
Jurgen Streeck
R2,669 R2,453 Discovery Miles 24 530 Save R216 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book portrays one day in the communicative life of the owner of an auto repair-shop in Texas. He walks, looks, points, shows and explains engines, makes sense by gesture, speaks, manages, makes his life-world, and in the process reproduces social structures and himself as individual. Self-Making Man is the first comprehensive study of a communicating person; it reveals socially shared and personal practices, as well as improvisational actions by which a person inhabits and makes sense of the world with others. After decades of discussion on embodiment, this study is the first to investigate one body in its full range of communicative activities. Grounded in phenomenology and committed to the methodological rigor of context analysis and conversation analysis, Self-Making Man departs radically from contemporary research practice: it shows that, to take embodiment in human interaction seriously, we must conceive of it as individuation and organic, self-sustaining life: as autopoeisis.

NTC's Compact Korean and English Dictionary (Paperback, Ed): B. J Jones, Gene S. Rhie NTC's Compact Korean and English Dictionary (Paperback, Ed)
B. J Jones, Gene S. Rhie
R741 R577 Discovery Miles 5 770 Save R164 (22%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Includes 20,000 entries with Korean words in romanized Korean and Korean characters.

Englisch fur Wiedereinsteiger fur Dummies (German, Paperback): Lars M Blohdorn Englisch fur Wiedereinsteiger fur Dummies (German, Paperback)
Lars M Blohdorn
R450 R404 Discovery Miles 4 040 Save R46 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Scottish Place Names (English, Scots, Paperback): Maggie Scott Scottish Place Names (English, Scots, Paperback)
Maggie Scott
R115 R88 Discovery Miles 880 Save R27 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

"Say It in Scots" is a series of pocket books designed to inform and entertain the reader about the wonderful, rich and varied language of Scots.The Scots language is a world of wonderful, historic and evocative words, full of a rich variety that can fit any occasion. And where better to find this use of Scots than in the land itself.In "Scottish Place Names" Dr Maggie Scott of "Scottish Language Dictionaries" takes you around the country from Dumfries to Shetland to explain the meanings of the places that make up today's Scotland.Dr Scott will lead you on a trip to Scotland's towns and cities, up and down the hills and mountains, along the rivers and lochs, through the forests and glens, all the way around the Scottish coast and back to the names of the street where Scots live today.

Mandarin Chinese - A Functional Reference Grammar (Paperback, Revised): Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson Mandarin Chinese - A Functional Reference Grammar (Paperback, Revised)
Charles N. Li, Sandra A. Thompson
R933 R712 Discovery Miles 7 120 Save R221 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This reference grammar provides, for the first time, a description of the grammar of "Mandarin Chinese", the official spoken language of China and Taiwan, in functional terms, focusing on the role and meanings of word-level and sentence-level structures in actual conversations.

The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics (Hardcover): Barbara Dancygier The Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics (Hardcover)
Barbara Dancygier
R2,782 Discovery Miles 27 820 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The best survey of cognitive linguistics available, this Handbook provides a thorough explanation of its rich methodology, key results, and interdisciplinary context. With in-depth coverage of the research questions, basic concepts, and various theoretical approaches, the Handbook addresses newly emerging subfields and shows their contribution to the discipline. The Handbook introduces fields of study that have become central to cognitive linguistics, such as conceptual mappings and construction grammar. It explains all the main areas of linguistic analysis traditionally expected in a full linguistics framework, and includes fields of study such as language acquisition, sociolinguistics, diachronic studies, and corpus linguistics. Setting linguistic facts within the context of many other disciplines, the Handbook will be welcomed by researchers and students in a broad range of disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, neuroscience, gesture studies, computational linguistics, and multimodal studies.

Everyday Hebrew (Paperback, Ed): Eliezer Tirkel Everyday Hebrew (Paperback, Ed)
Eliezer Tirkel 1
R434 R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Save R88 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

A program replete with information and cultural notes to give listeners that extra insight into the subtle nuances that inform the experienced foreign speaker.

Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition Reading Library Academics CD (Standard format, CD, 2 Rev Ed): Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition Reading Library Academics CD (Standard format, CD, 2 Rev Ed)
R509 Discovery Miles 5 090 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Provides contextualized reading practice students need to learn and retain new vocabulary. Before Reading, Reading Check and After Reading activities review and reinforce vocabulary, ensure comprehension, and build critical thinking skills. Links to The Oxford Picture Dictionary provide a visual glossary for easy reference. Audio CDs include recorded versions of all the readers.

Italienisch fur Dummies (German, Paperback, 2. Auflage): Francesca Romana Onofri Italienisch fur Dummies (German, Paperback, 2. Auflage)
Francesca Romana Onofri
R447 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R47 (11%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
Essential Statistics for Applied Linguistics (Paperback): Wander Lowie, Bregtje Seton Essential Statistics for Applied Linguistics (Paperback)
Wander Lowie, Bregtje Seton
R650 R599 Discovery Miles 5 990 Save R51 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Using numbers and research methods in your studies can be a little daunting at first. This book gives you straightforward guidance and no-nonsense advice on using, analysing and interpreting statistics and methodologies in empirical work. Each topic is introduced by an activity to help stimulate thought, and this is followed by a full explanation and exercises. Essential Statistics for Applied Linguistics: - explores different types of research and explains how to choose a methodology - gives clear explanations of statistical and mathematical terms - builds confidence and skills through hands-on exercises, examples and 'how-to' sections - offers online learning resources, including demonstrations with real data to be used with the software package SPSS Assuming no previous knowledge of methodology and statistics, this book will help you to acquire and strengthen your understanding, practice what you have learnt and feel comfortable with applying this new expertise to your own work.

The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way (Paperback): Bill Bryson The Mother Tongue - English And How It Got That Way (Paperback)
Bill Bryson
R285 R213 Discovery Miles 2 130 Save R72 (25%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson--the acclaimed author of The Lost Continent--brilliantly explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can't), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world's largest growth industries.

Ben-Yehuda's Pocket English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English Dictionary - Meelon Ben-Yehuda Meelon Ceem Anglee-Iuree, Iuree-Anglee... Ben-Yehuda's Pocket English-Hebrew, Hebrew-English Dictionary - Meelon Ben-Yehuda Meelon Ceem Anglee-Iuree, Iuree-Anglee (Paperback, New edition)
Ehud Ben-Yehuda, David Weinstein 1
R173 R134 Discovery Miles 1 340 Save R39 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

Ben-Yehuda's POCKET ENGLISH-HEBREW, HEBREW-ENGLISH DICTIONARY derives from the eight-volume DICTIONARY AND THESAURUS OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE by Eliezer Ben-Yehuda, the father of modern Hebrew, and from the new studies by his son, Ehud Ben-Yehuda, and David Weinstein.

This new work is designed expressly for the widest possible variety of interests and professions -- for students, teachers, travelers, home and office libraries. In it you will find over 30,000 vocabulary entries, alphabetically arranged. There is a comprehensive but compact explanation of grammar, including tables of irregular verbs. There are keys to proper pronunciation, abbreviations, up-to-date technical terms, examples of idiomatic usage, tables of numerals, weights, measures and currency.

Sacred Languages of the World - An Introduction (Hardcover): Brian P. Bennett Sacred Languages of the World - An Introduction (Hardcover)
Brian P. Bennett
R1,289 R994 Discovery Miles 9 940 Save R295 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

A fascinating comparative account of sacred languages and their role in and beyond religion written for a broad, interdisciplinary audience Sacred languages have been used for foundational texts, liturgy, and ritual for millennia, and many have remained virtually unchanged through the centuries. While the vital relationship between language and religion has been long acknowledged, new research and thinking across an array of disciplines including religious studies, sociolinguistics, sociology, linguistics, and even neurolinguistics has resulted in a renewed interest in the area. This fascinating and informative book draws on Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, and Buddhist traditions to provide a concise and accessible introduction to the phenomenon of sacred languages. The book takes a strongly comparative, wide-ranging approach to exploring ways in which ancient religious languages, such as Latin, Pali, Church Slavonic, and Hebrew continue to shape the beliefs and practices of religious communities around the world. Informed by both comparative religion and sociolinguistics, it traces the histories of sacred languages, the myths and doctrines that explain their origin and value, the various ways they are used, the sectarian debates that shadow them, and the technological innovations that propel them forward in the twenty-first century. * A comprehensive but succinct account of the role and importance of language within religion * Takes an interdisciplinary approach which will appeal to students and scholars across an array of disciplines, including religious studies, sociology of religion, sociolinguistics, and linguistics * Provides a strongly comparative exploration, drawing on Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Judaic, and Buddhist traditions * Uses numerous examples and ties historic debates with contemporary situations * Satisfies the rapidly growing demand for books on the subject among both academics and general readers Sacred Languages of the World is a must-read for students of religion and language, scripture, religious literacy, education and language, the sociology of religion, sociolinguistics. It will also have strong appeal among general readers with an interest comparative religion, history, cultural criticism, communication studies, and more.

A History of Reading in the West (Hardcover): Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier A History of Reading in the West (Hardcover)
Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier
R1,389 R1,073 Discovery Miles 10 730 Save R316 (23%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Books and other texts have not always been read in the way that we read them today. The modern practice of reading - privately, silently, with the eyes alone - is only one way of reading which, for many centuries, existed alongside other forms. In the ancient world, in the Middle Ages and as late as the seventeenth century, many texts were written for the voice, and they used forms that were oriented towards the demands of oral performance.


This is one of the central themes explored in this wide-ranging and authoritative account of the changing practices of reading from the ancient world to the present day. An international team of leading historians analyses the transformations of reading methods and material over the ages, and shows that revolutions in reading generally precede revolutions of the book. They examine not only the technical innovations which change physical aspects of books and other texts, but also the changing forms of reading and the growth and transformation of the reading public. Contributors include Robert Bonfil, Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier, Jean-Francois Gilmont, Anthony Grafton, Jacqueline Hamesse, Dominique Julia, Martyn Lyons, M. B. Parkes, Armando Petrucci, Paul Saenger, Jesper Svenbro and Reinhard Wittmann.


This path-breaking study will become the standard work on the history of reading in the West. It will be indispensable to students of cultural history, and to all those who want a fresh perspective on the history of books and their uses.

A History of Reading in the West (Paperback, New Ed): Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier A History of Reading in the West (Paperback, New Ed)
Guglielmo Cavallo, Roger Chartier
R624 R500 Discovery Miles 5 000 Save R124 (20%) Shipped within 7 - 13 working days

Books and other texts have not always been read in the way that we read them today. The modern practice of reading - privately, silently, with the eyes alone - is only one way of reading which, for many centuries, existed alongside other forms. In the ancient world, in the Middle Ages and as late as the 17th century, many texts were written for the voice, and they used forms that were oriented towards the demands of oral performance. This is one of the central themes explored in this account of the changing practices of reading from the ancient world to the present day. An international team of leading historians analyses the transformations of reading methods and material over the ages, and shows that revolutions in reading generally precede revolutions of the book. They examine not only the technical innovations which change physical aspects of books and other texts, but also the changing forms of reading and the growth and transformation of the reading public.

Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition Reading Library Academics CD (Standard format, CD, 2 Rev Ed): Oxford Picture Dictionary 2nd Edition Reading Library Academics CD (Standard format, CD, 2 Rev Ed)
R507 Discovery Miles 5 070 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Provides contextualized reading practice students need to learn and retain new vocabulary. Before Reading, Reading Check and After Reading activities review and reinforce vocabulary, ensure comprehension, and build critical thinking skills. Links to The Oxford Picture Dictionary provide a visual glossary for easy reference. Audio CDs include recorded versions of all the readers.

The Kingdom of Speech (Paperback): Tom Wolfe The Kingdom of Speech (Paperback)
Tom Wolfe
R284 R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Save R72 (25%) Shipped within 8 - 13 working days
A Rulebook for Arguments (Paperback): Anthony Weston A Rulebook for Arguments (Paperback)
Anthony Weston
R346 Discovery Miles 3 460 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From academic writing to personal and public discourse, the need for good arguments and better ways of arguing is greater than ever before. This timely fifth edition of A Rulebook for Arguments sharpens an already-classic text, adding updated examples and a new chapter on public debates that provides rules for the etiquette and ethics of sound public dialogue as well as clear and sound thinking in general.

So You Really Want to Learn Latin Book III Answer Book (Paperback): N.R.R. Oulton So You Really Want to Learn Latin Book III Answer Book (Paperback)
N.R.R. Oulton
R372 Discovery Miles 3 720 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

This book provides a complete set of answers to the exercises in So You Really Want To Learn Latin Book III. - Features the complete set of answers to the exercises in So You Really Want To Learn Latin Book III to save you time marking work - Helps to identify areas of weakness that require further revision and practice

Englisch fur Dummies (German, Paperback, 2. Auflage): Lars M Blohdorn, Denise Hodgson-Mockel Englisch fur Dummies (German, Paperback, 2. Auflage)
Lars M Blohdorn, Denise Hodgson-Mockel
R453 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R45 (10%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
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