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Researching Urban Youth Language and Identity
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Researching Urban Youth Language and IdentityThis book examines how urban adolescents attending a non-mainstream learning centre in the UK use language and other semiotic practices to enact identities in their day-to-day lives. Combining variationist sociolinguistics and ethnographically-informed interactional sociolinguistics, this detailed and highly reflexive account provides rich descriptions and discussions of the linguistic processes at work in a previously underexplored research environment.
 
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Multiple Perspectives on Terminological Variation
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Multiple Perspectives on Terminological VariationThe aim of the present volume is to provide a present-day take on variation in terminology by looking forward and examining what leading scholars in the field are working on and where they are taking research in the field today.
This reader is built around three themes arranged according to complementary points of view to stimulate thought on the subject of variation as it is approached today.
 
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The Fictions of Translation
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The Fictions of TranslationIn The Fictions of Translation, emerging and seasoned scholars from a range of cultures bring fresh perspectives to bear on the age-old practice of translation. The current movement of people, knowledge and goods around the world has made intercultural communication both prevalent and indispensable. Consequently, the translator has become a more prominent figure and translation an increasingly present theme in works of literature. Embedding translation in a fictional setting and considering its most extreme forms – pseudotranslation or self-translation, for example – are fruitful ways of conceptualizing the act of translating and extending the boundaries of translation studies.
 
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Roots of language
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Roots of languageRoots of language was originally published in 1981 by Karoma Press (Ann Arbor). It was the first work to systematically develop a theory first suggested by Coelho in the late nineteenth century: that the creation of creole languages somehow reflected universal properties of language. The book also proposed that the same set of properties would be found to emerge in normal first-language acquisition and must have emerged in the original evolution of language.
 
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The Talking Heads experiment: Origins of words and meanings
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The Talking Heads experiment: Origins of words and meaningsThe Talking Heads Experiment, conducted in the years 1999-2001, was the first large-scale experiment in which open populations of situated embodied agents created for the first time ever a new shared vocabulary by playing language games about real world scenes in front of them. The agents could teleport to different physical sites in the world through the Internet. Sites, in Antwerp, Brussels, Paris, Tokyo, London, Cambridge and several other locations were linked into the network. Humans could interact with the robotic agents either on site or remotely through the Internet and thus influence the evolving ontologies and languages of the artificial agents.
 
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The English Language: A Very Short Introduction
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The English Language: A Very Short IntroductionThe English language is spoken by more than a billion people throughout the world. But where did English come from? And how has it evolved into the language used today?
In this Very Short Introduction Simon Horobin investigates how we have arrived at the English we know today, and celebrates the way new speakers and new uses mean that it continues to adapt. Engaging with contemporary concerns about correctness, Horobin considers whether such changes are improvements, or evidence of slipping standards. What is the future for the English language? Will Standard English continue to hold sway, or we are witnessing its replacement by newly emerging Englishes?
 
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Linguistics: Past, Present & Future Perspectives
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Linguistics: Past, Present & Future PerspectivesThis book provides new research on linguistics. Chapter One shows the shortcomings and drawbacks of classical single-factor or unilateral theories of word learning, lexical acquisition, and language development. Chapter Two reviews the Verbal Grammar Correlation Index (VGCI) as a tool of comparative linguistics. Chapter Three discusses academic literacy adaptation in the international graduate students' use of lexical bundles through corpus research. Chapter Four investigates the role of the implementation of the multisemiotic theory through the analysis of the Orthodox Patriarchs’ photographs. (Imprint: Nova)
 
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