The Social Art: Language and Its Uses

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Oxford University Press, USA, Feb 2, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 244 pages
The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative, swearing, and many others. In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on theories of language development and on the evolution of language. The Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists do.
 

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A modest survey of recent linguistic theory and practice in which Macaulay (Linguistics/Pitzer College; Generally Speaking, 1980—not reviewed) draws on 25 years of teaching to present what he admits ... Read full review

Contents

1 Give a Dog a Name
3
2 Learning Ones First Language
7
3 The Act of Communicating
11
4 Prosodic Features
20
5 Learning About Words and Their Structure
25
Syntax
29
7 More Syntax
35
8 Still More Syntax
39
22 Narratives
113
23 Learning a Second Language
119
24 The Evolution of Language
124
25 Language Change
128
26 The History of English
134
27 IndoEuropean
145
28 Languages of the World
151
29 Language and Thought
158

9 Semantics
43
10 Pragmatically Speaking
49
11 Theories of Language Development
54
12 Variety
58
13 Regional Dialects
63
14 Social Class
69
15 Written Language
77
16 Register
85
17 Style
89
18 Sex Differences
93
19 The Magic of Words
98
20 Rhetoric
102
21 Conversation
107
30 Pronouns
162
31 Gender
166
32 Pidgins and Creoles
170
33 Literature
175
34 Childrens Lore and Language
182
Confessio Amantis
192
Appendix
195
Further Reading
201
Glossary
209
Phonetic Symbols for English
225
References
227
Index
235
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Ronald K. S. Macaulay is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College. He is the author of Language, Social Class and Education (1977), Locating Dialect in Discourse (1991), Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997), and Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse (OUP, 2005). The first edition of The Social Art was published in 1995.

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