What are the unique characteristics of sign languages and what can they tell us about language more generally? This volume comprises 25 chapters by an international team of scholars, who discuss more than 40 sign languages, old and young, around the world, providing a wealth of linguistic and anthropological information on such topics as the languages’ history and transmission, their grammatical structures and variation both within and between languages.
Intermediate Conversation Course
Designed for all intermediate learners, as well as those following the Michel Thomas method, this conversational course focuses on colloquial language and the conversation strategies used by native Spanish speakers. The ten lessons cover a range of topics and aim to advance overall fluency, expand vocabulary and improve listening comprehension and grammar. The boxed set comprises a text book, one MP3 CD-ROM and one interactive CD-ROM.
The Theta System
Argument Structure at the Interface
Part of the Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics series, this volume of eleven essays presents Tanya Reinhart’s Theta System (as developed up to her death in 2007), examines its underpinnings and its advantages, and suggests further developments.
Understanding English Grammar
For students of English language and linguistics who are frustrated by the tedious ‘rule book’ teaching of English grammar, this textbook approaches the grammar of a language ‘as a dynamic, constantly changing set of habit patterns that allows people to communicate with one another’. The book offers a rigorous introduction to English grammar and syntax, with examples, exercises and chapter summaries.
You Say Potato
A Book About Accents
Everyone has an accent, though many of us think that we don't. What does our accent say about us – and what do we assume about other people when we hear theirs? Actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English, from Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation. Authoritative and packed with anecdotes, this book celebrates the rich variety of the English language.
Collins Easy Learning French Verbs
The bestselling Easy Learning Language series is designed for both young and adult learners, from beginners up to GCSE students, and the books are excellent for exam revision. Each volume is clearly laid out and contains hundreds of example phase. The Verbs books give detailed rules for verb formation and verb table and include a 'Verb Wheel' for conjugating the most commonly used verbs, while the jargon free Easy Learning Grammar books provide the basics needed to speak and understand the language.
Evolving English Wordbank
A Glossary of Present-Day English Dialect and Slang
Jonathan Robinson curates the British Museum's archive of sound recordings illustrating British accents and dialects. He has compiled this quirky yet fascinating glossary by using such audio material collected from present-day dialect speakers, as well as old dictionaries' evidence of historical usage, so that the Wordbank not only provides a snapshot of vernacular English in the early 21st century but also reveals the ancient origins of many words and phrases in use today.
Collins Easy Learning: Complete French
Grammar + Verbs + Vocabulary
Part of the bestselling Easy Learning series, this is a complete reference for those learning French, alone or in classes. It combines three books: a guide to French grammar, with thousands of useful examples and a glossary of grammatical terms; a guide to verbs with 120 verb tables and examples of how verbs are used in context; and a vocabulary of over 5,000 words and phrases, arranged by topic.
Sign Language among American Indian Nations
A sign language that cut across language barriers played a crucial role among the various Indian nations, and it survives today. This book contains a comprehensive description of the language, from phonology to discourse, and compares it with other sign languages.
The Music, or Melody and Rhythmus of Language (1818)
James Chapman’s textbook is his ‘synopsis’, with examples from literature and a notation based on music, of Joshua Steele’s Prosodia Rationalis (1775), which argued that English shared the same accidents of speech – accent emphasis, pause, force and quality of sound – as ancient Greek and Latin. Facsimile reprint. No jacket.