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Language Development

The English word infant is derived from the Latin word meaning unable to speak, reflecting the general sense that the transition from infancy into childhood is marked by the production of the childs first word. However, modern methods for measuring infant behavior and brain activity suggest that there is a great deal of language learning that goes on before first word production. The book, Language Development, by LouAnn Gerken, Ph.D...

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Reclaiming Control as a Semantic and Pragmatic Phenomenon

This monograph is part of a growing research agenda in which semantics and pragmatics not only complement the grammar, but replace it. The analysis is based on the assumption that human language is not primarily about form, but about form-meaning pairings. This runs counter to the autonomous-syntax postulate underlying Landau (2013)’s Control in Generative Grammar that form must be hived off from meaning and studied separately. Duffl...

Processes of Change: Studies in Late Modern and Present-Day English
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Processes of Change: Studies in Late Modern and Present-Day English

The present volume brings together leading scholars studying language change from a variety of sociolinguistic perspectives, complementing and enriching the existing literature by providing readers with a kaleidoscopic perspective of aspects of change in English from around 1700 until the present day. The volume presents a collection of in-depth studies on a broad spectrum of phonetic, lexical, grammatical and discourse variation, dr...

Maranga Mai! Te Reo and Marae in Crisis?
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Maranga Mai! Te Reo and Marae in Crisis?

In recent decades, New Zealand Maori have made huge efforts to reinvigorate their language (te reo) and the life of tribal meeting places (marae) as the twin cornerstones of Maori identity. Maori television and radio stations have been set up, a Maori Language Commission established, and language emersion early childcare centers (kohanga reo), schools (kura kaupapa), and universities (wananga) have emerged. But despite these efforts,...

Superheroes of the Round Table: Comics Connections to Medieval and Renaissance Literature
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Superheroes of the Round Table

"That big S on Superman's chest? S stands for Spenser and Shakespeare, too. As knowledge of literature can inform readings of superhero comics, knowledge of the DC and Marvel universes can inform readings of Malory and Ben Johnson. And don't you love that title?" --Library Journal

Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States
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Herlands: Exploring the Women's Land Movement in the United States

"Herlands is an accessible and sympathetic ethnography of the lesbian back-to-the-land movement. Going well beyond caricatures of landdykes, Keridwen N. Luis shows the promise of feminist intentional communities—their enactment of utopic ideals of collectivity, feminist embodiment, and ecofeminism—without sidelining how the animating logic of women’s nature/nature-as-woman also reproduces transphobia, white supremacy, and settler col...

Science Policy under Thatcher
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Science Policy under Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher was prime minister from 1979 to 1990, during which time her Conservative administration transformed the political landscape of Britain. Science Policy under Thatcher is the first book to examine systematically the interplay of science and government under her leadership. Thatcher was a working scientist before she became a professional politician, and she maintained a close watch on science matters as prime minister...

Cyberpragmatics: Internet-mediated communication in contex
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Cyberpragmatics: Internet-mediated communication in contex

Cyberpragmatics is an analysis of Internet-mediated communication from the perspective of cognitive pragmatics. It addresses a whole range of interactions that can be found on the Net: the web page, chat rooms, instant messaging, social networking sites, 3D virtual worlds, blogs, videoconference, e-mail, Twitter, etc. Of special interest is the role of intentions and the quality of interpretations when these Internet-mediated interac...

Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
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Close Reading with Computers: Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas

Most contemporary digital studies are interested in distant-reading paradigms for large-scale literary history. This book asks what happens when such telescopic techniques function as a microscope instead. The first monograph to bring a range of computational methods to bear on a single novel in a sustained fashion, it focuses on the award-winning and genre-bending Cloud Atlas (2004). Published in two very different versions worldwid...