Language: A Reader for Writers

Paperback | December 13, 2013

byGita DasBender

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Read. Write. Oxford.Language: A Reader for Writers focuses on the central and complex topic of language, exploring the reality of our multilingual world and the complexities of writing in a multilingual college classroom. It takes on key issues including the nature of language; the effects of globalization; endangeredlanguages; multilingualism and language diversity; language, politics, and power; language and writing; language correctness; and the ways in which language shapes identity. The articles embody a range of experiences, ideas, and strategies-from scientific research and powerful arguments to poeticreflection and playful celebration.Developed for the freshman composition course, Language: A Reader for Writers includes an interdisciplinary mix of public, academic, and scientific reading selections, providing students with the rhetorical knowledge and compositional skills required to participate effectively in discussions aboutlanguage, learning, and the writing process.Language: A Reader for Writers is part of a series of brief single-topic readers from Oxford University Press designed for today's college writing courses. Each reader in this series approaches a topic of contemporary conversation from multiple perspectives.

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Read. Write. Oxford.Language: A Reader for Writers focuses on the central and complex topic of language, exploring the reality of our multilingual world and the complexities of writing in a multilingual college classroom. It takes on key issues including the nature of language; the effects of globalization; endangeredlanguages; multili...

Gita Dasbender is a Senior Faculty Associate in English and Coordinator of Second Language Writing at Seton Hall University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:December 13, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199947481

ISBN - 13:9780199947485

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1.1. What is language for?Lera Boroditsky: "How Does Our Language Shape The Way We Think?" EdgeSusanne Langer: "Language and Thought" Ms MagazineArika Okrent: "Body Language" Lapham's QuarterlyAnassa Rhenisch: "Alien Languages: Not Human" Science In My FictionJulie Sedivy: "Is Your Language Making You Broke and Fat? How Language Can Shape Thinking and Behavior (And How It Can't)" Discover2. MultilingualismRobert Lane Greene: "Which Is The Best Language to Learn?" More Intelligent LifeJohn McWhorter: "Which Languages Should Liberal Arts Be About in 2010?" The New RepublicAlexander Arguelles: "Experience: I Can Speak 50 Languages" The GuardianAdam Pulford: "Words are Wind" OUPblogEddie Dean: "Klingon as a Second Language" Washington City PaperSarah L. Higley: "Audience, Uglossia, and CONLANG: Inventing Languages on the Internet" Media/Culture Journal3. Language and WritingLinda Flower: "Writing for an Audience" Problem-Solving Strategies for WritingEmily Badger: "Plain English Urged to Limit Federal Bureaucracy" Pacific StandardRachel La Corte: "Washington State Sees Results From 'Plain Talk' Initiative" The OlympianEllen Collett: "The Art of the Police Report" Writer's ChronicleAnne Trubek: "We Are All Writers Now" More Intelligent Life4. Language and CorrectnessRobert Lane Greene: "On Language Nerds and Nags" More Intelligent LifeKyle Wiens: "I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why." Harvard Business ReviewSue Shellenbarger: "This Embarrasses You and I*" Wall Street JournalAlison Griswold: "Your Bad Grammar At Work: What's the Problem?" ForbesLinton Weeks: "R Grammar Gaffes Ruining the Language? Maybe Not." National Public RadioKate Dailey: "Are Language Cops Losing War Against "Wrongly" Used Words?" BBCRobert Lane Greene: "OMG, ETC." More Intelligent Life5. Language and GenderJason Davis: "The Soccer Mom" Run of PlayRobert Lane Greene: "Hey Dude" More Intelligent LifeWendy Kaminer: "Let's Talk About Gender, Baby" ProspectAmy Reiter: "Why Being a Jerk at Work Pays" The Daily BeastNathalie Rothschild: "Sweden's New Gender-Neutral Pronoun: Hen" Slate MagazineMark McCormack: "Don't Call Me Homophobic: The Complexity of 'That's So Gay'" Open Democracy6. Language and RaceJames Baldwin: "If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?" New York TimesJohn McWhorter: "Speaking Swahili for Kwanzaa?" The RootBassey Ikpi: "Why The Whole 'Poor Africa' Thing Isn't Cool" xoJaneDaniel Hernandez: "Spanglish Moves Into Mainstream" Boston GlobeLeticia Salais: "Saying 'Adios' to Spanglish" NewsweekFelipe de Ortego y Gasca: "Regarding Spanglish" Newspaper TreeJaswinder Bolina: "Writing Like a White Guy" Poetry7. Language and PoliticsWilliam Lutz: "Doubts About Doublespeak" State of the LanguageGeorge Orwell: "Politics and the English Language" HorizonAlexis Madrigal: "Why Are Spy Researchers Building a 'Metaphor Program'?" The AtlanticNeal Whitman: "'Kinetic' Connections" Visual ThesaurusJulie Sedivy: "Are You a Mac or a Mac User? How the Language of Identity Persuades" Psychology Today8. Fighting WordsRebecca Solnit: "When The Media Is the Disaster" Guernica MagazineSusan Benesch: "Words as Weapons" World Policy JournalJulie Sedivy: "Politically Correct Animal Language" Psychology TodayShani Hilton: "The Dirtiest of Words on Capitol Hill: 'Racism'" Colorlines.comMary Giovagnoli: "'Anchor Baby' Added to New American Heritage Dictionary""American Heritage Dictionary Redefines 'Anchor Baby' Term as 'Offensive' and 'Disparaging'" Immigration ImpactMark Peters: "Why Personhood is Powerful" Boston Globe9. The language of globalizationHenry Hitchings: "'Conquer English to Make China Strong': The Globalization of English" The Language WarsJulie Traves: "The Church of Please and Thank You." This MagazinePallavi Polanki: "Operation Mind Your Language" Open MagazineShehzad Nadeem: "Accent Neutralisation and a Crisis of Identity in India's Call Centres" The GuardianGloria Gibbons: "Are We All Turning 'Globish"? Pharmaceutical Market EuropeJin Zhao: "Oh My Lady Gaga! This Is So Gelievable!": Chinglish Entering Globish? Things You Don't Know About China10. Endangered LanguagesJonathan Amos: "Digital Tools 'To Save Languages'" BBCJoanna Eede: "You can't Google it and get it back" Survival InternationalRoy Boney: "The Indomitable Language" Indian Country TodayHugo Cardoso: "The Death of An Indian Born Language" Open MagazineStephen Pax Leonard: "Death by Monoculture" University of CambridgeRuss Rymer: "Vanishing Voices" National GeographicAppendix: Researching and Writing About Language