New Books in Language

Interviews with Scholars of Language about their New Books

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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

Peter Ludlow, "The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics" (Oxford UP, 2011)

The human capacity for language is always cited as the or one of the cognitive capacities we have that separates us from non-human animals. And linguistics, at its most basic level, is the study of language as such – in…


 2011-11-15  1h5m

 2011-09-26  38m

Adam Hodges, "The ‘War on Terror’ Narrative" (Oxford UP, 2011)

Many entries in our lexicon have an interesting history, but it’s very seldom the case that the currency of a phrase has global repercussions.  In his book The ‘War on Terror’ Narrative (Oxford University Press, 2011), Adam Hodges makes a…


 2011-09-06  55m

David Crystal, "Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language" (Routledge, 2009)

In an enormously prolific writing and editing career, David Crystal has excelled in supplying volumes hitherto missing from the field: here a balanced and accessible introduction to general linguistics, there a lucid specialised textbook in an emerging...


 2011-08-15  1h2m

Robert Lane Greene, “You Are What You Speak: Grammar Grouches, Language Laws and the Politics of Identity” (Delacorte Press, 2011)

Isn’t it odd how the golden age of correct language always seems to be around the time that its speaker was in high school, and that language has been going to the dogs ever since? Such is the anguish of…


 2011-07-11  50m