The Evolution of Language by W. Tecumseh FitchLanguage, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal kingdom. How, and why, did language evolve in our species and not in others? The author cuts through this vast literature, bringing together its most important insights to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history.
Linguistic Landscape: A New Approach to Multilingualism by Durk Gorter (Editor)Language is all around us as it is displayed in texts on shop windows, commercial signs, posters, official notices, etc. The book reports on studies of the linguistic landscape in cities in countries around the globe: Israel, Japan, Thailand, the Netherlands (Friesland) and Spain (the Basque Country). Their cultural, socio-economic and political circumstances are very divergent. Multilingualism turns out to be an important dimension of the linguistic landscape everywhere, as well as the reflection of the process of globalization, visible through the use of English.
Call Number: ProQuest eBook Central
Publication Date: 2006
Sign Language Lingustics by Howard BurtonThis book is based on an in-depth conversation with Carol Padden, the Sanford I. Berman Chair in Language and Human Communication at UC San Diego. This conversation provides a detailed exploration of Carol Padden's areas of research, starting with her personal experiences of growing up with American Sign Language, deaf culture, her early work with Bill Stokoe, the linguistic complexity, structure and properties of ASL and other sign languages, the role of gesture and embodiment, and the ways in which language forms are created, propagated, and conventionalized in natural environments throughout the world.