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Exploring Language - 11th edition

Exploring Language (ISBN10: 0321457978; ISBN13: 9780321457974)
ISBN13: 978-0321457974
ISBN10: 0321457978

Summary: This market-leading language reader features thought-provoking readings that explore the various interconnections between language and American society.

For more than 25 years, this engaging reader has challenged students to critically examine how language affects and constructs culture and how culture constructs and affects language. This eleventh edition maintains the integrity of past editions while reflecting the new and fascinating language issues that ex ...show moreist in today's culture. Provocative selections are organized around eight major topics, and then broken into stimulating sub-themes like the connections between gender and language differences, hate speech, the language of war, and censorship on campus, inviting students to debate current social and cultural issues that are inseparable from language.

Features

  • Chapter themes, such as ''Censorship and Free Speech'' (Ch. 7) and ''Language of the Mass Media and Advertising'' (Ch. 6), reflect the wide spectrum of language issues affecting our contemporary culture.
  • ''Exploring the Language of Visuals'' sections throughout provide graphics such as photographs, cartoons, posters, print ads, email messages, signs, and a book cover for students to analyze critically and discuss.
  • Some chapters feature case studies with tightly focused readings on a particular issue or event. For example, the case study in Chapter 4 focuses on the language and rhetoric of war and the one in Chapter 8 focuses on spoken language.
  • A headnote containing useful thematic and biographical information precedes each reading, and analytical questions follow each essay, while ''Making Connections'' exercises, and library and Internet research questions conclude each chapter.
New To This Edition
  • Approximately 34 new selections, including such notable authors as Michael Corballis, Steven Pinker, and Julia Ortiz Cofer.
  • A new cluster of readings in Chapter 1 called ''Preserving Voices: Defending Native Languages.''
  • A new cluster of readings in Chapter 4 called ''Warspeak: Language and Conflict'' with readings that touch on the language that we use to talk about terrorism, and the semantics of war.
  • Also in Chapter 4, a revised section on Language and the Presidency, with an examination on presidential rhetoric and political language.
  • An expanded section on He Says, She Says: Gender Differences in Discourse in Chapter 5, examining conversational differences between men and women.
  • An almost entirely new Chapter 8: The English Language Debate, with an all new cluster of readings on ''What Does How We Speak Say About Us?'' with selections that touch on the use of words such as ''whatever'' or ''like'' in everyday talk, on IM (instant messaging) language, on Spanglish, on Ebonics, and more.
  • 50% new visuals throughout the book.
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Edition/Copyright: 11TH 07
Cover: Paperback
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
Published: 11/17/2006
International: No

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