Languages ePUB Ú Paperback

Languages ePUB Ú Paperback


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  1. Սամուէլ Սամուէլ says:

    I found the last section the most interesting and a substantial portion of the book is devoted to signed languages which was interesting I'm conflicted however on whether I would recommend this to someone without a history in linguistics yes the book was about linguistics really than language On one hand it does a good job of doing away with the idea that linguistics is not a scientific field but on the other hand I can't imagine a non linguist understanding the vocabulary the author chose to use I almost felt like this book was written to explain to a biologist how scientific the study of language is In doing this however the author has targeted such a slim portion of the population biologists who know the terminology of linguistics


  2. Barbara Barbara says:

    This small volume is extremely dense The author packs in information on language loss bilingualism sign languages and language diversity A good volume for an introduction to sociolinguistic issues


  3. Karen Chung Karen Chung says:

    The material in the first half of the book will be mostly familiar to seasoned linguists; the second half contained things that were new to me The parts I liked most were 1 its straightforward objective treatment of the difference between a language and a dialect; and 2 its balanced and very reasonable presentation of the universal grammar vs language as a general cognitive skill debate There are highlights but this little book is worth reading for its discussion of these two cores issues in linguistics alone


  4. Daniel Wright Daniel Wright says:

    A splendid introduction full of judiciously chosen factoids as part of an encyclopaedic overview The author's analogy between biological and linguistic evolution was particularly insightful


  5. Temi Abimbola Temi Abimbola says:

    Would've given it a 1 star but I found the sign language chapter the most intriguing and informativeThe author Stephen RAnderson was too damn tedious with certain sections on what's meant to be a short intro into the structure and understand of human languages It was not a short introduction it was like a lecture on sentence structures and the repetitive analysis on the number of languages we have in the worldI wish I didn't pay for this book it felt like reading a linguist's essay that studied Languages in CollegeThe only aspiring part was on sign language it interested me to learn the ASL or BSL it's uite fascinating how languages can reflect on the isolated forms of communication especially amongst the hearing impaired Mr Anderson didn't do a great job at introducing us to the human language Just too tedious on areas that didn't need so much detailThere should have been a lot emphasis on child development around different languages ie care givers and exploring the multilingual societies mentioned in the book China's Sinitic languagesDialects; Switzerland's Swiss German French and Italian populations These areas were interesting but too brief and should've been explored even


  6. Chuck Glenn Chuck Glenn says:

    I only got about 23 of the way Although it's all very interesting I decided I don't really care about preserving endangered languages The author's assertions are that 1 there is some knowledge embedded in the endangered language that could be lost and 2 there are language features that might help us identify or codify language features On the first point collouial knowledge home remedies and such are sometimes useful but often just wrong or dangerously wrong Sorry but I'll rely on what's been studied by scientists Good riddance to folklore On the second point it seems like circular logic of the form we must understand languages because this helps us understand languages Also good riddance If the entire world spoke 100 10 or even 5 languages the world would be a better place overall IMHO I guess one would expect a professor of linguistics to fight for languages to be preserved but it seems like a self serving desireI was able to borrow the kindle edition from my local Glendale AZ library using the Libby app See if your own local library has something similar


  7. Ryan Patrick Ryan Patrick says:

    Anderson uses the uestion How many languages are there in the world? as his driving uestion to explore the nature of language and language difference I learned a few things For me the biggest problem with the book was his propensity for using biological taxonomy as a comparable phenomenon I just don't think it is all that comparable even if you want to follow the last chapter's argument that all human language from a very outside perspective is essentially one a proposition that linguists are having trouble supporting


  8. Nicola Nicola says:

    È la prima volta che leggo un saggio per di più introduttivo con finale a sorpresa Piacevole e informativo allo stesso tempo


  9. Morwen Morwen says:

    Angenehm zu lesendes Buch über verschiedene Aspekte des Phänomens Sprache engagiert geschrieben aber nicht übermässig fakten lastig Der durchgehende rote Faden ist die Frage nach der Anzahl der Sprachen auf der Welt und welche Probleme bei der Ermittlung auftreten Ein weiteres wiederkehrendes Motiv ist der Vergleich zwischen Sprachen und biologischen Arten beide haben eine Geschichte einen Stammbaum ihre Klassifizierung weist ähnliche Probleme auf und beide können aussterbenEtwas mehr harte Fakten wären nett gewesen zB Sprachfamilien und etwas über die evolutionäre Entstehung der Sprache beim Menschen aber auch so ein netter appetizer


  10. Nguyễn Nguyễn says:

    Sau khi đọc xong cuốn sách tôi hứng thú học ngoại ngữ Tôi hình dung mình phải học tư duy diễn đạt văn hoá của người bản xứ Khi mà mình có cùng cách suy nghĩ như họ mình mới có thể học tốt ngoại ngữ Học cách diễn đạt mới làm cho mình tươi trẻ lại như trẻ lên ba cái gì cũng hay cũng lạ cũng mới


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Languages ❧ Languages free download ➛ Author Stephen R. Anderson – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk How many languages are there What differentiates one language from another Are new languages still being discovered Why are so many languages disappearing These are some of the uestions considered in How many Languages are there What differentiates one language from another Are new Languages still being discovered Why are so many Languages disappearing These are some of the uestions considered in this introduction By examining the science of Languages we find that the answers are not as simple as we might expect.

  • Paperback
  • 135 pages
  • Languages
  • Stephen R. Anderson
  • English
  • 18 May 2015
  • 9780199590599

About the Author: Stephen R. Anderson

Stephen Robert Anderson born is an American linguist He is the Dorothy R Diebold Professor of Linguistics at Yale University and was the president of the Linguistic Society of AmericaHe received a BS in linguistics from the Illinois Institute of Technology in and a PhD in linguistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Anderson taught at Harvard Universi.