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Language Myths

Author : Laurie Bauer,Peter Trudgill
Publisher : ePenguin
Release : 1998-11-26
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : STANFORD:36105021960849

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Book Language Myths Description/Summary:

The media are ruining English"; "Some languages are harder than others"; "Children can't speak or write properly anymore." Such pieces of "cultural wisdom" are often expressed in newspapers and on radio and television. Rarely is there a response from experts in the fields of language and language development. In this book Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill have invited nineteen respected linguists from all over the world to address these "language myths"--showing that they vary from the misconceived to the downright wrong. With essays ranging from "Women Talk Too Much" and "In the Appalachians They Speak Like Shakespeare" to "Italian Is Beautiful, German Is Ugly" and "They Speak Really Bad English Down South and in New York City," Language Myths is a collection that is wide-ranging, entertaining, and authoritative.

Language Myths

Author : Laurie Bauer
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 1998-11-26
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9780141939100

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Book Language Myths Description/Summary:

A unique collection of original essays by 21 of the world's leading linguists. The topics discussed focus on some of the most popular myths about language: The Media Are Ruining English; Children Can't Speak or Write Properly Anymore; America is Ruining the English Language. The tone is lively and entertaining throughout and there are cartoons from Doonesbury andThe Wizard of Id to illustrate some of the points. The book should have a wide readership not only amongst students who want to read leading linguists writing about popular misconceptions but also amongst the large number of people who enjoy reading about language in general.

Language Myths

Author : Laurie Bauer,Peter Trudgill
Publisher : Penguin UK
Release : 1998-11-26
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9780140260236

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Book Language Myths Description/Summary:

The media are ruining English"; "Some languages are harder than others"; "Children can't speak or write properly anymore." Such pieces of "cultural wisdom" are often expressed in newspapers and on radio and television. Rarely is there a response from experts in the fields of language and language development. In this book Laurie Bauer and Peter Trudgill have invited nineteen respected linguists from all over the world to address these "language myths"--showing that they vary from the misconceived to the downright wrong. With essays ranging from "Women Talk Too Much" and "In the Appalachians They Speak Like Shakespeare" to "Italian Is Beautiful, German Is Ugly" and "They Speak Really Bad English Down South and in New York City," Language Myths is a collection that is wide-ranging, entertaining, and authoritative.

The Language Myth

Author : Vyvyan Evans
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2014-09-22
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781316123591

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Book The Language Myth Description/Summary:

Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth. Debunking the notion of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is related to other animal forms of communication; that languages exhibit staggering diversity; that we learn our mother tongue drawing on general properties and abilities of the human mind, rather than an inborn 'universal' grammar; that language is not autonomous but is closely related to other aspects of our mental lives; and that, ultimately, language and the mind reflect and draw upon the way we interact with others in the world. Compellingly written and drawing on cutting-edge research, The Language Myth sets out a forceful alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work.

Second Language Acquisition Myths

Author : Steven Brown,Jenifer Larson-Hall
Publisher : University of Michigan Press ELT
Release : 2012
Category : Education
ISBN : 9780472034987

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Book Second Language Acquisition Myths Description/Summary:

Children learn languages quickly and easily while adults are ineffective in comparison -- A true bilingual is someone who speaks two languages perfectly -- You can acquire a language simply through listening or reading -- Practice makes perfect -- Language students learn (and retain) what they are taught -- Language learners always benefit from correction -- Individual differences are a major, perhaps the major, factor in SLA -- Language acquisition is the individual acquisition of grammar.

Women Talk More than Men

Author : Abby Kaplan
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2016-04-21
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781107084926

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Book Women Talk More than Men Description/Summary:

A detailed look at language-related myths that explores both what we know and how we know it.

Language Myths and the History of English

Author : Richard J. Watts
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2011-02-01
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9780199716678

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Book Language Myths and the History of English Description/Summary:

Language Myths and the History of English aims to deconstruct the myths that are traditionally reproduced as factual accounts of the historical development of English. Using concepts and interpretive sensibilities developed in the field of sociolinguistics over the past 40 years, Richard J. Watts unearths these myths and exposes their ideological roots. His goal is not to construct an alternative discourse, but to offer alternative readings of the historical data. Watts raises the question of what we mean by a linguistic ideology, and whether any discourse--a hegemonic discourse, an alternative discourse, or even a deconstructive discourse--can ever be free of it. The book argues that a naturalized discourse is always built on a foundation of myths, which are all too easily taken as true accounts.

Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic

Author : K. Stollznow
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2014-09-05
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781137404862

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Book Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic Description/Summary:

Can a bump on the head cause someone to speak with a different accent? Can animals, aliens, and objects talk? Can we communicate with gods, demons, and the dead? Language Myths, Mysteries and Magic is a curio shop full of colourful superstitions, folklore, and legends about language.

The Language Myth

Author : Vyvyan Evans
Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Release : 2014-09-22
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 1107619750

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Book The Language Myth Description/Summary:

Language is central to our lives, the cultural tool that arguably sets us apart from other species. Some scientists have argued that language is innate, a type of unique human 'instinct' pre-programmed in us from birth. In this book, Vyvyan Evans argues that this received wisdom is, in fact, a myth. Debunking the notion of a language 'instinct', Evans demonstrates that language is related to other animal forms of communication; that languages exhibit staggering diversity; that we learn our mother tongue drawing on general properties and abilities of the human mind, rather than an inborn 'universal' grammar; that language is not autonomous but is closely related to other aspects of our mental lives; and that, ultimately, language and the mind reflect and draw upon the way we interact with others in the world. Compellingly written and drawing on cutting-edge research, The Language Myth sets out a forceful alternative to the received wisdom, showing how language and the mind really work.

Word Myths

Author : David Wilton
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Release : 2008-11-06
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9780199740833

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Book Word Myths Description/Summary:

Do you "know" that posh comes from an acronym meaning "port out, starboard home"? That "the whole nine yards" comes from (pick one) the length of a WWII gunner's belt; the amount of fabric needed to make a kilt; a sarcastic football expression? That Chicago is called "The Windy City" because of the bloviating habits of its politicians, and not the breeze off the lake? If so, you need this book. David Wilton debunks the most persistently wrong word histories, and gives, to the best of our actual knowledge, the real stories behind these perennially mis-etymologized words. In addition, he explains why these wrong stories are created, disseminated, and persist, even after being corrected time and time again. What makes us cling to these stories, when the truth behind these words and phrases is available, for the most part, at any library or on the Internet? Arranged by chapters, this book avoids a dry A-Z format. Chapters separate misetymologies by kind, including The Perils of Political Correctness (picnics have nothing to do with lynchings), Posh, Phat Pommies (the problems of bacronyming--the desire to make every word into an acronym), and CANOE (which stands for the Conspiracy to Attribute Nautical Origins to Everything). Word Myths corrects long-held and far-flung examples of wrong etymologies, without taking the fun out of etymology itself. It's the best of both worlds: not only do you learn the many wrong stories behind these words, you also learn why and how they are created--and what the real story is.

Legend Into Language

Author : Moira Andrew
Publisher : Folens Limited
Release : 1998
Category : Education
ISBN : 0947882693

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Book Legend Into Language Description/Summary:

Artwork and language activities for five to eleven year-olds based on myths and legends from nine different countries - Africa, Australia, China, England, Greece, India, North America, Scotland and Wales.

Listening Myths

Author : Steven Brown,Steven Randall Brown
Publisher : University of Michigan Press
Release : 2011-02-25
Category : Education
ISBN : 9780472034598

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Book Listening Myths Description/Summary:

This volume was conceived as a "best practices" resource for teachers of ESL listening courses. It was written to help ensure that teachers of listening are not perpetuating the myths of teaching listening.

The Forgotten Language

Author : Erich Fromm
Publisher : Open Road Media
Release : 2013-03-26
Category : Social Science
ISBN : 9781480402041

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Book The Forgotten Language Description/Summary:

Renowned psychoanalyst Erich Fromm investigates the universal language of symbols, expressed through dream and myths, and how it illuminates our humanity. In this study, Erich Fromm opens up the world of symbolic language, “the one foreign language that each of us must learn.” Understanding symbols, he posits, helps us reach the hidden layers of our individual personalities, as well as connect with our common human experiences. By grasping the symbolic language of dreams, Fromm explains, we can then also understand the deeper wisdom of myths, art, and literature. This also gives us access to what we, and our society, usually repress. Fromm shares the history of dream interpretations, and demonstrates his analysis of many types of dreams. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erich Fromm including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author’s estate.

The Language Myth in Western Culture

Author : International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication,International Association for the Integrational Study of Language and Communication. Plenary Conference
Publisher : Psychology Press
Release : 2002
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 0700714537

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Book The Language Myth in Western Culture Description/Summary:

The basic claim of this book is that for two thousand years and more the Western tradition has relied on two very dubious assumptions about human communication. One of these is that each national language is a unique code that specifies determinate forms, meanings and combinations of these utilized in everyday discourse. The other is that linguistic communication consists in the utilization of such codes to transfer messages from the mind of one individual to the mind of another.

Floriography

Author : Sally Coulthard
Publisher : Hardie Grant Publishing
Release : 2021-03-04
Category : Nature
ISBN : 9781787136311

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Book Floriography Description/Summary:

Flowers can talk. Red roses say ‘I love you’, white lilies offer condolence and poppies invite us to remember. For thousands of years, humans have used flowers as a language, a short-hand for emotions and meanings. In her new book, Sally Coulthard, takes a fascinating look at floriography and shows how we still use this secret language across the world. She delves into the meanings of flowers and where they came from, whether it’s ancient mythology or hedgerow folklore. Covering 50 well-loved flowers and plants, from peonies to sweetpeas, ivy to irises, Floriography is a beautifully illustrated guide that will take the reader on an intriguing journey through the history, legend, anthropology and literature of flowers, showing how modern-day society still relies on the meaning of flowers. From the Chinese lotus flower to the Celtic bluebell, the myth, magic and language of flowers is still blossoming today.

Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language

Author : David Shariatmadari
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
Release : 2020-01-07
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781324004264

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Book Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language Description/Summary:

A linguist’s entertaining and highly informed guide to what languages are and how they function. Think you know language? Think again. There are languages that change when your mother-in-law is present. The language you speak could make you more prone to accidents. Swear words are produced in a special part of your brain. Over the past few decades, we have reached new frontiers of linguistic knowledge. Linguists can now explain how and why language changes, describe its structures, and map its activity in the brain. But despite these advances, much of what people believe about language is based on folklore, instinct, or hearsay. We imagine a word’s origin is it’s “true” meaning, that foreign languages are full of “untranslatable” words, or that grammatical mistakes undermine English. In Don’t Believe A Word, linguist David Shariatmadari takes us on a mind-boggling journey through the science of language, urging us to abandon our prejudices in a bid to uncover the (far more interesting) truth about what we do with words. Exploding nine widely held myths about language while introducing us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics, Shariatmadari is an energetic guide to the beauty and quirkiness of humanity’s greatest achievement.

Origins of the Specious

Author : Patricia T. O'Conner,Stewart Kellerman
Publisher : Random House
Release : 2009-05-05
Category : Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN : 9781588368560

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Book Origins of the Specious Description/Summary:

Do you cringe when a talking head pronounces “niche” as NITCH? Do you get bent out of shape when your teenager begins a sentence with “and”? Do you think British spellings are more “civilised” than the American versions? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’re myth-informed. In Origins of the Specious, word mavens Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman reveal why some of grammar’s best-known “rules” aren’t—and never were—rules at all. This playfully witty, rigorously researched book sets the record straight about bogus word origins, politically correct fictions, phony français, fake acronyms, and more. Here are some shockers: “They” was once commonly used for both singular and plural, much the way “you” is today. And an eighteenth-century female grammarian, of all people, is largely responsible for the all-purpose “he.” From the Queen’s English to street slang, this eye-opening romp will be the toast of grammarphiles and the salvation of grammarphobes. Take our word for it.

Vocabulary Myths

Author : Keith S. Folse
Publisher : University of Michigan Press ELT
Release : 2004-03-10
Category : Foreign Language Study
ISBN : 0472030299

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Book Vocabulary Myths Description/Summary:

In Vocabulary Myths, Keith S. Folse breaks down the teaching of second language vocabulary into eight commonly held myths. In debunking each myth, he introduces the myth with a story based on his 25 years of teaching experience (in the United States and abroad), continues with a presentation of what empirical research has shown on the topic, and finishes with a list of what teachers can do in their classrooms to facilitate true vocabulary acquisition. The goal of Vocabulary Myths is to foster a paradigm shift that correctly views vocabulary as fundamental in any second language learning process and demonstrates that research supports this goal-that in fact there is a wealth of empirical evidence to support these views. In addition, an important theme is that teachers have overestimated how much vocabulary students really understand, and as a result, the so-called "comprehensible input" is neither comprehensible nor input. The second language vocabulary acquisition myths reexamined in this book are: *In learning another language, vocabulary is not as important as grammar or other areas. *Using word lists to learn L2 vocabulary is unproductive. *Presenting new vocabulary in semantic sets facilitates learning. *The use of translations to learn new vocabulary should be discouraged. *Guessing words from context is an excellent strategy for learning L2 vocabulary. *The best vocabulary learners make use of one or two really specific vocabulary learning strategies. *The best dictionary for L2 learners is a monolingual dictionary. *Teachers, textbooks, and curricula cover L2 vocabulary adequately.

Port Out, Starboard Home

Author : Michael Quinion
Publisher : Unknown
Release : 2004
Category : Dictionaries
ISBN : UCSC:32106017504413

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Book Port Out, Starboard Home Description/Summary:

What is the true origin of the phrase 'one fell swoop'? Does the word 'honeymoon' really derive from an old Persian custom of giving the happy couple mead, a honey wine, for the first month after the wedding? The rapid growth of the internet and the use of email has increased the circulation of (usually) false tales about the evolution of language. In this entertaining and fascinating new book on the origins of words and expressions, Michael Quinion retells the mythic tales that have become popular currency - the word 'posh' deriving from 'port out, starboard home' - and also tries to find and explain the true stories behind the origins of phrases. Quinion offers explanations of why and how stories about words are created, and how misunderstanding word origins - while usually harmless - can have serious consequences.