Language Through the Looking Glass: Exploring Language and Linguistics

Paperback | September 1, 1998

byMarina YaguelloTranslated byTrevor Harris

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To play with language is to break its rules, disrupt its patterns, exploit its weak points. Thus, paradoxically, puns and spoonerisms, neologisms, and slogans reveal and highlight the patterns to which discourse conforms -- patterns which reflect the linguistic competence of language speakers.Only those who have linguistics competence can play with it: thus language games and the poetic use of language are underpinned by unconscious use of linguistic analysis. Using Lewis Carroll's Alice as a starting point, Marina Yaguello takes the reader on an unconventional voyage around language, charting the major themes of linguistics on the way. She shows that we can come to an understanding of language in general and of particular languages through exploring thedevices of humour, word-games, and poetry -- devices which reveal the unconscious linguist in all of us. The result is an entertaining but rigorous introduction to language and linguistics for non-specialists and students alike.

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To play with language is to break its rules, disrupt its patterns, exploit its weak points. Thus, paradoxically, puns and spoonerisms, neologisms, and slogans reveal and highlight the patterns to which discourse conforms -- patterns which reflect the linguistic competence of language speakers.Only those who have linguistics competence ...

Marina Yaguello is Professor and Chair of Linguistics in the English Department of the University of Paris and-Denis Diderot. She has been Visiting Professor in London and in Dakar and has lectured all over North America, Europe, and in many African countries. She has written nine other books about language and linguistics, including ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:182 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.43 inPublished:September 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface: Why Through a Looking Glass?Introduction: So, You are a Linguist. . .1. What Language is For2. The Tower of Babel3. Pink Elephants4. The Canny Canner5. Anti-dis-establish-ment-arian-ism6. Did You Say Pig or Fig?7. Words as Signs8. A Rose By Any Other Name9. The Incredible Lightness of Meaning10. The House that Jack Built11. Green Ideas12. Murdering Time13. The Miser and the Prodigal Son14. Tweedledum and TweedledeeConclusion