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The Last Speakers

Author : K. David Harrison
ISBN : 9781426206689
Genre : Social Science
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Part travelogue and part scientist's notebook, The Last Speakers is the poignant chronicle of author K. David Harrison's expeditions around the world to meet with last speakers of vanishing languages. The speakers' eloquent reflections and candid photographs reveal little-known lifeways as well as revitalization efforts to teach disappearing languages to younger generations. Thought-provoking and engaging, this unique book illuminates the global language-extinction crisis through photos, graphics, interviews, traditional wisdom never before translated into English, and first-person essays that thrillingly convey the adventure of science and exploration.

Election Of The Speaker And Of The Deputy Speakers

Author : Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Procedure Committee
ISBN : 0215543734
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The election of the Speaker in 2009 was the first to be held under the new rules recommended by the Procedure Committee in 2000. The Committee reports satisfaction that it met the test of enabling the House to reach its decision in a fair and transparent way, and the use of the secret ballot was a particular success. Some improvements, though, are recommended: names of sponsors should be published; the minimum number of sponsors should be increased to 15; hustings should be welcomed but should continue to be run by outside organisations; the time allowed for each round of voting should be reduced to 20 minutes to speed up the process. The Committee has also devised a detailed procedure for electing Deputy Speakers reflecting that used for the Speaker, including the secret ballot, a minimum number of sponsors and publication of the names of those sponsors. Candidates should submit a brief statement along with their nomination form instead of speeches or hustings. The existing conventions would continue: the four Deputy Speakers should be drawn equally from the Government and opposition side of the House; there should be at least one man and at least one woman on the team.

Heritage Languages And Their Speakers

Author : Maria Polinsky
ISBN : 9781108588713
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This book provides a pioneering introduction to heritage languages and their speakers, written by one of the founders of this new field. Using examples from a wide range of languages, it covers all the main components of grammar, including phonetics and phonology, morphology and morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, and shows easy familiarity with approaches ranging from formal grammar to typology, from sociolinguistics to child language acquisition and other relevant aspects of psycholinguistics. The book offers analysis of resilient and vulnerable domains in heritage languages, with a special emphasis on recurrent structural properties that occur across multiple heritage languages. It is explicit about instances where, based on our current knowledge, we are unable to reach a clear decision on a particular claim or analytical point, and therefore provides a much-needed resource for future research.

Sociolinguistics A Very Short Introduction

Author : John Edwards
ISBN : 9780199858637
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Sociolinguistics deals with the social life of language, language in its sociocultural context. It is a branch of linguistics that looks less at the shape or sound of words--morphology or phonology--and more at how our words and sentences are influenced by the society around us--for instance, how the accent or the dialect we use has been shaped by where we come from or which social class we belong to. In this Very Short Introduction, John Edwards offers the most up-to-date brief overview available of sociolinguistics, with side trips into the sociology of language and psycholinguistics. He considers such topics as the different social evaluations of languages and dialects, the loaded significance of names, and the importance of politically-driven language planning and policy. The relationship between language and gender, sexist language, the language of poverty, and the intertwining of language and religion are also dealt with here. Edwards stresses that, while linguists see all dialects as equally valid, in the wider world powerful attitudes have always placed language varieties in social hierarchies. The author also looks at language more broadly, examining the ways in which languages rise or fall, the attempts to revive flagging or endangered varieties, the reasons why some languages came to dominate others, and the special dynamics that affect contact between "big" and "small" languages. In both its role as our most powerful tool of communication and as the most immediate symbolic marker of human affiliation, language is pre-eminently a social phenomenon. This compact volume offers an invaluable introduction to this vital aspect of language. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

Teach Yourself English Pronunciation An Interactive Course For Spanish Speakers

Author : Eva Estebas Vilaplana
ISBN : 9788497453493
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¿Has estado estudiando inglés durante mucho tiempo pero te da la impresión de que todavía no entiendes con claridad a la gente inglesa? O, lo que es peor, ¿no consigues hacer que te entiendan? Se trata de un problema muy común entre los hispanohablantes que han invertido muchos años de su vida en clases de inglés, logrando alcanzar un excelente nivel de vocabulario y gramática, y todavía con grandes dificultades a la hora de comunicarse oralmente. La mayoría de esos problemas podrían resolverse si los hispanohablantes hubiesen prestado más atención al aspecto de la pronunciación, teniendo en cuenta que es el área en la que más difieren el inglés y el español. Este libro está pensado para ayudar a resolver esos problemas de comunicación en inglés, presentando las cuestiones más relevantes de la pronunciación inglesa y comparándolas con aquellas de la pronunciación española. No sólo abarca las vocales y las consonantes, si no también otros aspectos como el ritmo, la entonación, o la colocación del acento. El libro viene acompañado de un CD-ROM con material de audio y ejercicios interactivos.

Last Words

Author : Margot Schwass
ISBN : 9781877242342
Genre : Social Science
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A short book about different practices for acknowledging death in the different cultures and religions currently in New Zealand. While it is designed for use by nurses and doctors, chaplains, funeral directors, police, hospice workers and community workers, the book is also intended for general readers.

Language Rights

Author : Vanessa Pupavac
ISBN : 9781403940865
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Speech is core to our humanity and fundamental to our capacity to assert political rights, and determine what is just and unjust. Rights therefore mean little if they do not relate to speech. But what are language rights? What language or speech is defended? How do language rights relate to each other? This book explores these questions and examines language rights politics in theoretical, historical and international context, bringing together debates from law, sociolinguistics, international politics, and the history of ideas. It includes a critical exploration of the following issues: Language rights as linguistic identity rights, International linguistic human rights in theory and practice, Language rights advocacy and global governance, Linguistic imperialism and global English debates, National language politics and global governance in Bosnia, The emerging field of ecolinguistics, Hate speech and counter-terrorism legislation. The author looks at how, why and where freedom of speech is endangered, and argues that international language rights advocacy supports the global governance of language and questions freedoms of speech and expression.

Secret Languages Of Afghanistan And Their Speakers

Author : Jadwiga Pstrusińska
ISBN : 9781443864411
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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This is a study of an almost inaccessible area of the intricate linguistic fabric of Afghanistan – namely, its secret codes of communication. The text draws on a profound knowledge of Afghanistan and neighbouring regions, as well as the cultural and sociolinguistic processes at work across Eurasia. The author situates these sociolinguistic matters within the appropriate diachronic and comparative background, and traces the numerous threads which connect them to areas both close to and distant from Afghanistan. The book will be of great interest to scholars from a wide range of disciplines, including, but extending beyond, the realms of linguistics, cultural history, and sociology. It will also be of practical value in many areas, notably with regards to military and political issues, as well as humanitarian aid.

The Speakers

Author : Jacob Laetus
ISBN : 1105998339
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The Lost Art Of The Great Speech

Author : Richard Dowis
ISBN : 9780814424896
Genre : Business & Economics
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"Splashy slides, confident body language, and a lot of eye contact are fine and well. But if a speech is rambling, illogical, or just plain boring, the impact will be lost. Now everyone can learn to give powerful, on-target speeches that capture an audience's attention and drive home a message. The key is not just in the delivery techniques, but in tapping into the power of language. Prepared by an award-winning writer, this authoritative speech-writing guide covers every essential element of a great speech, including outlining and organizing, beginning with a bang, making use of action verbs and vivid nouns, and handling questions from the audience. Plus, the book includes excerpts from some of history's most memorable speeches--eloquent words to contemplate and emulate."

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