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  • 10 b/w illus. 12 colour illus.
  • Page extent: 1048 pages
  • Size: 279 x 215 mm
  • Weight: 2.29 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 410/.3
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: P29 .C28 2011
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Linguistics--Encyclopedias

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521866897)

Have you lost track of developments in generative linguistics, finding yourself unsure about the distinctive features of minimalism? Would you like to know more about recent advances in the genetics of language, or about right hemisphere linguistic operation? The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Language Sciences addresses these issues, along with hundreds of others. It includes basic entries for those unfamiliar with a given topic and more specific entries for those seeking more specialized knowledge. It incorporates both well-established findings and cutting-edge research and classical approaches and new theoretical innovations. The volume is aimed at readers who have an interest in some aspect of language science but wish to learn more about the broad range of ideas, findings, practices, and prospects that constitute this rapidly expanding field, a field arguably at the center of current research on the human mind and human society.

• Systematic topical coverage, from discourse analysis to neurolinguistics, from acoustic phonetics to legal interpretation • Seven overview essays and nearly 500 entries on specific topics that lay out basic principles for those unfamiliar with the field, but also incorporate recent research and theorization • Provides an affordable, up-to-date, and accessible (but not reductive or overly simplified) one-volume reference resource for knowledge of language science


Part I. Introductory Essays: 1. Language structure in its human context: new directions for the language sciences in the twenty-first century William Croft; 2. The psychology of linguistic form Lee Osterhout, Richard A. Wright and Mark D. Allen; 3. The structure of meaning James Pustejovsky; 4. Social practices of speech and writing Florian Coulmas; 5. Explaining language: neuroscience, genetics and evolution Lyle Jenkins; 6. Acquisition of language Barbara Lust; 7. Elaborating speech and writing: verbal art Patrick Colm Hogan; Part II. Entries.


William Croft, Lee Osterhout, Richard A. Wright, Mark D. Allen, James Pustejovsky, Florian Coulmas, Lyle Jenkins, Barbara Lust, Patrick Colm Hogan

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