New Books in Language

Interviews with Scholars of Language about their New Books

http://newbooksnetwork.com/category/politics-society/language/

subscribe
share


 
 

    Telesphore Ngarambe, “Practical Challenges in Customary Law Translation: The Case of Rwanda’s Gacaca Law” (OSSREA, 2015)


    The unprecedented crime of the 1994 Rwandan genocide demanded an unconventional legal response. After failed attempts by the international legal system to efficiently handle legal cases stemming from the genocide, Rwandans decided to take matters into their own hands and…


    share





    1h4m
    last month

    Dovid Katz, “Yiddish and Power” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)


    As described by Dovid Katz, Yiddish is an extraordinarily multifaceted language: a language that is at once acclaimed as sacred and dismissed as deficient, profoundly connected to centuries of religious and cultural history yet marketed superficially, held to be…


    share





    51m
    this year

    Matthew Pauly, “Breaking the Tongue: Language, Education, and Power in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-1934” (U. of Toronto Press, 2014)


    Matthew Pauly’s Breaking the Tongue: Language, Education, and Power in Soviet Ukraine, 1923-1934 (University of Toronto Press, 2014) offers a detailed investigation of the language policy–officially termed Ukrainization–that was introduced in Ukraine during the formative years of the Soviet Union.…


    share





    1h8m
    this year

    Jennifer Glaser, “Borrowed Voices: Writing and Racial Ventriloquism in the Jewish American Imagination” (Rutgers UP, 2016)


    In Borrowed Voices: Writing and Racial Ventriloquism in the Jewish American Imagination (Rutgers University Press, 2016), Jennifer Glaser, Associate Professor of English and comparative literature and an affiliate faculty member in Judaic studies and womens, gender, and sexuality studies…


    share





    23m
    this year

    Sali Tagliamonte, “Teen Talk: The Language of Adolescents” (Cambridge UP, 2016)


    Teenagers get a lot of bad press. Whether it’s how they look, how they dress, the things they say, the way they say it – it sometimes seems as if they can’t get anything right. And when it comes to…


    share





    55m
    this year

    Ellen Mayock, “Gender Shrapnel in the Academic Workplace” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


    Recent controversies surrounding sexual harassment and assault on college campuses have sparked heated discussions surrounding the everyday experiences of women on college campuses. Female students and faculty members have often felt at odds with their institutions and other members of…


    share





    1h1m
    this year

    Ingrid Piller, “Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice: An Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics” (Oxford UP, 2016)


    According to the blurb, Linguistic Diversity and Social Justice: An Introduction to Applied Sociolinguistics (Oxford University Press, 2016) “explores the ways in which linguistic diversity mediates social justice in liberal democracies.” This is true, but tends to understate the force…


    share





    57m
    this year

    Simon Critchley, "ABC of Impossibility" (Univocal Publishing, 2015)


    From its opening fragment on “Fragments” to its “Possibly dolorous tropical lyrical coda,” Simon Critchley’s new book is a pleasure to hold in the hand and the mind. ABC of Impossibility (Univocal Publishing, 2015) is a collection…


    share





    1h4m
    2016

    Prakash Mondal, "Language, Mind and Computation" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)


    My instinct as a researcher is usually to shy away from confrontation about foundational issues in the philosophy of language, which is probably why I do what I do (that is to say, from a generative perspective, not linguistics). With…


    share





    53m
    2016

    Aviya Kushner, "The Grammar of God: A Journey into the Words and Worlds of the Bible" (Spiegel and Grau, 2015)


    Aviya Kushner grew up in a Hebrew-speaking family, reading the Bible in the original Hebrew and debating its meaning over the dinner table. She knew much of it by heart–and was later surprised when, while getting her MFA from the…


    share





    57m
    2016