The Social Art: Language and Its Uses

Paperback | March 15, 2006

byRonald Macaulay

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The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology,morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, conversation, narrative, swearing, and many others. In this revised and expanded second edition, Macaulay brings the book up to date with the last decade of progress in linguistics, adding more American examples, and updating bibliographies. Two new chapters have been added, on theories of language development and on the evolution of language. TheSocial Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists do.

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The Social Art is an engagingly written, highly accessible tour through the world of languages. Macaulay uses jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and examples to introduce readers to the full range of current linguistic knowledge, covering in 35 chapters, topics like language acquisition, phonology,morphology, syntax, semantics, dialects, co...

Ronald K. S. Macaulay is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College. He is the author of Language, Social Class and Education (1977), Locating Dialect in Discourse (1991), Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997), and Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse (OUP, 2005). The first edition...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.59 inPublished:March 15, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195187962

ISBN - 13:9780195187960

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Review of the previous edition: "[Macaulay] covers...just about every aspect of language you can imagine...[with] consummate, usually amusing examples of the topic at hand. ... He's a good synthesizer, citing interesting research."--The Los Angeles Times