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About Language : A Reader for Writers

About Language : A Reader for Writers - 5th edition

ISBN13: 978-0395874639

Cover of About Language : A Reader for Writers 5TH 98 (ISBN 978-0395874639)
ISBN13: 978-0395874639
ISBN10: 0395874637
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 98
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: 1998
International: No

List price: $132.75

About Language : A Reader for Writers - 5TH 98 edition

ISBN13: 978-0395874639

William H. Roberts and Gregoire Turgeon

ISBN13: 978-0395874639
ISBN10: 0395874637
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 5TH 98
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Published: 1998
International: No
Summary

By helping your students grow more aware of the complex and manipulative nature of language, the authors of About Language encourage them to use language more responsibly in their own writing. More than 70 reading selections cover a broad range of issues, from popular to scholarly, including such newsworthy topics as cultural diversity, censorship, and gender. As always, strong support is provided by an opening chapter on the writing process; annotated table of contents; chapter introductions; selection headnotes, study questions and writing assignments; end-of-chapter writing assignments and research activities; and a glossary of language and rhetorical terms.

  • A chapter on technology and language brings students up to date in this rapidly changing area.
  • A convenient appendix on writing and documenting sources provides an accessible reference tool.
  • Motivating commentaries preceding each selection encourage personal journal writing and introspection.

Table of Contents

1. Names and Naming

From a World Without Surnames, J. N. Hook

*A Strange Kind of Magick Bias, Justin Kaplan and Anne Bernays

from I know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

*Just Call Me Mister, David Frum

Putting American English on the Map, W. F. Bolton

*Playing the Name Game by Other Rules, Chet Raymo

Aesthetics, Felix Pollak

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

2. Gender, Race, and Language Conflict

Sexism in English: A 1990s Update, Alleen Pace Nilsen

Put Down That Paper and Talk to Me!: Rapport-talk and Report-talk, Deborah Tannen

Real Men Don't: Anti-Male Bias in English, Eugene R. August

The Name Is Mine, Anna Quindlen

*From African to African American, Geneva Smitherman

On Black English, James Baldwin

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

3. Right Words, Wrong Words, My Words

Order Out of Chaos, Bill Bryson

*A Rarity: Grammar Lessons from Dad, Robert Klose

Four-Letter Words Can Hurt You, Barbara Lawrence

Goodbye to All T__t! Wallace Stegner

*The E Word, Cullen Murphy

*Words with Attitude, Gerald Parshall

English Belongs to Everybody, Robert MacNeil

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

4. Language Development: Personal and Social

Everything Had a Name, Helen Keller

*Baby Born TalkingDescribes Heaven, Steven Pinker

*The Word Weavers / The World Makers, Neil Postman

A Brief History of English, Paul Roberts

Old World, New World, Bill Bryson

*Yadda, Yadda, Yadda, Leslie Savan

The Story of Writing, C.M. Millward

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

5. Language and Cultural Diversity

*Vanishing Languages, David Crystal

*Should English Be the Law? Robert D. King

Aria: A Memoir of a Bilingual Childhood, Richard Rodriguez

*Americanization Is Tough on Macho, Rose Del Castillo Guilbault,

*Names in the Melting Pot, Justin Kaplan and Anne Bernays

*Learning English Good, Tara Elyssa

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

6. The Language of Politics and Advertising

The Rhetoric of Democracy, Daniel Boorstin

Empty Eggs: The Doublespeak of Weasel Words, William Lutz

*Things Go Better with Quark? Chris Reidy

*Three Advertisements for Analysis

*Unprotected Sex Talk, Ellen Goodman

Types of Propaganda, Institute for Propaganda Analysis

next to of course god america i, E. E. Cummings

Two Presidential Speeches, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

7. Technology and Language

*Flame Throwers, Doug Stuart

*Gender Wars in Cyberspace!, Nathan Cobb

*Getting Close to the Machine, Ellen Ullman

*C'est What? John Yemma

*Techniques of Coinage, John A. Berry

Additional Assignments and Research Topics

8. Writers and the Writing Process

Freewriting, Chris Anderson

*from Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

*Holding Your Reader, Maxine C. Hairston

Writing Is Rewriting, Donald M. Murray

*Concision, Joseph M. Williams

Computers and Writing, Sharon Cogdill

  • Additional Assignments and Research Topics
  • Appendix: Writing and Documenting: A Brief Guide
  • I. Essay Writing and Revising
  • Revision Checklist
  • A Sample Student Essay

II. The Documented Essay

  • Revision Checklist
  • Typical Works Cited Entries
  • A Sample Documented Essay
  • Glossary of Rhetorical and Linguistic Terms

    * Indicates selections new to this edition

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