New Books in Language

Interviews with Scholars of Language about their New Books

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Margaret Thomas, "Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics" (Routledge, 2011)

In the preface to Fifty Key Thinkers on Language and Linguistics (Routledge, 2011), devoted to short but attentively researched biographical sketches of major figures in the language sciences, Margaret Thomas compares the task of compiling it with that...


 2012-05-21  45m

Tore Janson, "The History of Languages: An Introduction" (Oxford UP, 2012)

It’s a sobering thought that, but for the spread of English, I wouldn’t be able to do these interviews.  In particular, I don’t speak Swedish, and I’m not going to try to speak Latin to a world expert on the…


 2012-04-16  52m

Jeanne Fahnestock, "Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion" (Oxford UP, 2011)

A thing I enjoy about this job is being encouraged to read books that unexpectedly turn out to be profoundly relevant to my own interests. Jeanne Fahnestock‘s new book, Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion (Oxford University…


 2012-03-15  55m

Robert F. Barsky and Noam Chomsky, "Zellig Harris: From American Linguistics to Socialist Zionism" (MIT Press, 2011)

Zellig Harris’s name is famous in linguistics primarily for his early work on transformational grammar and his influence on his most famous student, Noam Chomsky.  However, much of his linguistic work has since fallen into comparative obscurity.


 2012-03-07  58m

Julie Sedivy and Greg Carlson, "Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You" (Wiley, 2011)

We’ve never been in a more crowded marketplace, with more corporations shouting for our attention and custom. Yet this choice is an illusion, as detailed in Sold on Language: How Advertisers Talk to You and What This Says About You…


 2012-02-24  44m

Theo van Leeuwen, "The Language of Colour: An Introduction" (Routledge, 2011)

Theo van Leeuwen comes to the academic discipline of social semiotics – the study of how meanings are conveyed – from his previous career as a film and TV producer. His interest in the makings of visual communication is hardly…


 2012-02-10  54m

Jonathan Green, "Green’s Dictionary of Slang" (Hodder Education, 2010)

Over the last thirty years, Jonathon Green has established himself as a major figure in lexicography, specialising in English slang.  During this time he has accumulated a database of over half a million citations for more than 100,000 words and…


 2012-01-26  n/a

Keith Gilyard, "True to the Language Game: African American Discourse, Cultural Politics, and Pedagogy" (Routledge, 2011)

In the preface to this book, Keith Gilyard describes his career as 30 years of roaming the areas of rhetoric, composition, sociolinguistics, creative writing, applied linguistics, education theory, literary study, history,


 2011-12-22  55m

Debra Aarons, "Jokes and the Linguistic Mind" (Routledge, 2011)

I favour any book that applies the logic of Wittgenstein to quotes from the Goon Show. (Often in linguistics the reverse is true.) So I was delighted to have the opportunity to talk to Debra Aarons (University of New South…


 2011-12-01  58m

Neil Smith, et al., "The Signs of a Savant: Language Against the Odds" (Cambridge UP, 2011)

"Every once in a while Nature gives us insight into the human condition by providing us with a unique case whose special properties illumine the species as a whole.  Christopher is such an example." Christopher has a startling talent for…


 2011-11-15  52m