XWe have detected your location as outside the U.S/Canada, if you think this is wrong, you can choose your location.

Macmillan Higher Education

Cart

Continue Shopping
All prices are shown excluding VAT
The submitted promocode is invalid
* Applied promocode: ×

Important information on your ebook order

Word of Mouth (2nd Edition)

A New Introduction to Language and Communication

Author(s):
Publisher:

Palgrave

Pages: 256
Downloads:

Flyer

Further Actions:

Recommend to library

AVAILABLE FORMATS

Paperback - 9780230276840

31 May 2013

€29.99

Free Shipping

In stock

Ebook - 9781137328915

16 September 2017

€33.31

In stock

The study of language has evolved dramatically over the last thirty years. We know more about language use and development than ever before. But many of these new ideas can challenge our notions of identity and our sense of...

Show More

The study of language has evolved dramatically over the last thirty years. We know more about language use and development than ever before. But many of these new ideas can challenge our notions of identity and our sense of uniqueness. Word of Mouth introduces these ideas and explores the power of words to shape and influence our lives.

The book starts with a discussion of the evolution of language and then goes on to examine major areas in the field of language study: communication, media, social function, grammatical structure and psychology. Each chapter begins by considering our everyday encounter with language and then develops a view of the subject which fits with our experience as inhabitants of the 21st century. This fully revised and updated edition contains new material throughout, including more discussion of the possible origins of language, the impact of digital media and the study of politeness. With a fresh, engaging and jargon-free approach to the subject, the book is an enjoyable and intellectually exciting exploration of language.

This new edition of Word of Mouth is the ideal introductory guide to language for both general readers and students.

Show Less

Lively introduction to language (which does not focus specifically on the English language); assumes no prior knowledge of the subject and aimed at general as well as academic reader
Thoroughly revised second edition features new or revised and expanded chapters on the origins of language, electronic language, language and gender, politeness, and the future of language
Broad coverage of major topics within language and communication

1. Preface
2. The Talking Animal: The Origin of Language
3. Getting the Better of Words: Language and Communication
4. Virtual Words: Language and Media
5. We Are What We Speak: Language and Society
6. The Finite Instrument: The Design and Structure of Language
7. The Parent of Language: Language and Mind
8. Conclusion: The House of Being
Bibliography
Index.

Add a review

Geoffrey Finch is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK, where he teaches and writes on English Language. He is the author of How to Study Linguistics and Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics, as well as a contributing author to The English Language and Linguistics Companion, all published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Show More

Geoffrey Finch is an Associate Lecturer at the Open University, UK, where he teaches and writes on English Language. He is the author of How to Study Linguistics and Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics, as well as a contributing author to The English Language and Linguistics Companion, all published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Show Less

New Publications 

Best Sellers