Language Matters: A Guide to Everyday Questions about Language

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page *
  • Preface v
  • Acknowledgments *
  • Contents *
  • Part I - Language: The Human Ability *
  • 1 - How Do We Acquire Language? 3
  • Further Readings *
  • Web Sites *
  • 2 - From One Language to the Next: Why Is It Hard to Learn a Second Language? Why Is Translation So Difficult? 17
  • Further Readings *
  • Web Sites *
  • Further Reading on Translation *
  • Web Sites on Translation *
  • 3 - Dose Language Equal Thought? 38
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites *
  • 4 - Are Sign Languages Real Languages? 52
  • Further Readings *
  • Further Web Site Readings *
  • 5 - Do Animals Have Language? 72
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites 86
  • 6 - Can Computers Learn Language? 87
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites *
  • Part II - Language in Society *
  • 7 - Whose Speech Is Better? 101
  • Further Reading on Variation *
  • Web Sites *
  • Further Reading on Ebonics *
  • 8 - Why Do Dialects and Creoles Differ from Standard Language? 121
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites *
  • 9 - Do Men and Women Talk Differently? and Who Cares? 135
  • Further Readings *
  • 10 - English Spelling Is Hard, and It Makes Learning to Read Hard. Should We Do Anything about It? 146
  • Further Reading 162
  • Web Sites *
  • 11 - Should the United States Adopt English as the Official Language and Overhaul the Educational System Accordingly? 163
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites *
  • 12 - Does Exposure to and Use of Offensive Language Harm Children? 179
  • Works Cited *
  • Further Reading *
  • Web Sites *
  • Index 193
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