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Author: Ronald Macaulay
ISBN: 0195083822
Pages: 256 pages
Publisher: Oxford University Press; First Edition edition (March 31, 1994)
Language: English
Category: Social Sciences
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e-Book The Social Art: Language and Its Uses epub download

by Ronald Macaulay

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by Ronald Macaulay (Author). The best feature of this book is the glossary, which gives you meanings to some of the most used terms in the book. It has 33 chapters and it reads quickly like an elementary school english textbook.

The Social Art is perfect for general readers and students who want to learn about what it is that linguists d. .

Replete with jokes, anecdotes, quotations, and readily intelligible examples, it offers a painless entree to the full range of linguistic knowledge.

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New York: Oxford University Press, 1994. London: Penguin Books, 1995. An introduction to sociolinguistics. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992. Dialects and American English. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1991. reissued by Basil Blackwell in 1998 as American English: Dialects and variation).

Ronald Macaulay, a professor of Linguistics, presents in thirty-one brief chapters an overview of linguistic knowledge.

From a baby's first words to the great works of literature, language plays an integral part in our lives. Yet most of us know very little about the nature of language--what it is, how we learn it, how it works. Indeed, though linguists, philosophers, psychologists, and other thinkers have made great strides in the understanding of language, little of their insight has trickled down to the general public. To remedy this, Ronald Macaulay provides in The Social Art an informative, intriguing tour of what we know about language today, in thirty brief, highly readable chapters replete with jokes, anecdotes, and vivid examples. Macaulay offers a sweeping look at language in all its aspects. Ranging far and wide, he delves into such topics as child language acquisition, syntax, semantics, writing, style, conversation, swearing, rhetoric, narrative, literature, and the history of English. Each chapter provides an authoritative overview of a particular topic--from Pidgins and Creoles to the Magic of Words--spiced with intriguing asides. In his discussion of conversation, for instance, Macaulay points out that while many cultures abhor silence in the company of others, among the Western Apache it is normal to greet strangers with silence (talking begins only when the participants feel at ease with each other). Likewise, in the chapter on the history of English, we learn that many English terms relating to finance--including "capital," "fee," "chattel," and "pecuniary"--all come from words relating to domestic herds, dating back to societies where one's wealth was measured in the number of cows one owned. The book also includes many fascinating nuggets about languages world-wide. We read of click languages such as Hottentot, Zulu, and Xhosa, where some consonant sounds are produced by sucking in air to produce clicking sounds (because of the difficulty in producing sequences of these sounds, Zulu-speaking children practice saying tongue-twisters with numerous clicks). And we sample amusing coinages from Tok Pisin (a pidgin language derived from English): for instance, gras means "grass"; gras bilong fes means "beard"; gras bilong hed means "hair"; and gras bilong pisin means "feather." And finally, Macaulay raises many provocative questions concerning language. For instance, is the elite version of any language intrinsically better than its dialects, or is it simply (as Max Weinreich put it) "a dialect with an army"? Is there any conclusive evidence that girls develop language skills earlier than boys? (Macaulay says no.) And is it true that the way people perceive the world is determined by the language they speak, that as Wittgenstein claimed, "the limits of my language are the limits of my world"? Thoughtful, informative, delightful, this volume is the perfect overview of an art we all practice every day of our lives. An excellent starting point for anyone interested in language, linguistics, or writing, it will give readers a new appreciation of the pleasure to be found in the study of this uniquely human phenomenon.
good book for college course i had cheaper than bookstore
I'm not for sure about this book. I got it for my daughter for her college classes that she sent me a list of books she needs for the up coming semester in the Summer. I'm guessing she likes it. She got wonderful grades in all of her classes and hasn't said anything to me about any problems with the book.
I found this a decent, though not outstanding, survey of linguistics. I'd hand it to a monolinguistic English speaker who was curious about linguistics. I wouldn't hand it to a multilingual or to someone who already knows something about the subject. In fact, I'm far more satisfied with David Crystal's Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language as a survey both for browsing and the more serious lay reader.
I suppose my real complaint *is* that the book is oriented toward monolinguistic English speakers, which I am not. I feel a more interesting introduction to linguistics would have included more on other languages. Not bad, mind you, but understand its limitations.
I loved this book because it was easier to read than my other two Anthropology 104 textbooks, Language Shock: Understanding the Culture of Conversation and The workings of language.
The best feature of this book is the glossary, which gives you meanings to some of the most used terms in the book. It has 33 chapters and it reads quickly like an elementary school english textbook.
This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in language or linguistics at any level of discipline. Macaulay's style is informative and approachable--how refreshing it is to read a book on the topic of language that utilizes an easily approachable one! The chapters are quite short but make their points and present their theories clearly and succinctly, never drudging out boring pedantry just to fill pages. His is a very down-to-earth style and approach to this often lofty topic.