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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Seven Ways of Looking at Language

ISBN 9780230279308
Publication Date January 2011
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

A brief and lively introduction to the main issues, debates and ideas that have emerged in language study over the last fifty years. Designed for the non-specialist reader with an interest in language as well as the intending student, this book concisely conveys an overview of exciting topics and research in the core areas of linguistics.

RONALD K. S. MACAULAY is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Pitzer College, USA. He is the author of Language, Social Class and Education (1997), Generally Speaking (1980), Locating Dialect in Discourse (1991), Standards and Variation in Urban Speech (1997), Talk that Counts: Age, Gender, and Social Class Differences in Discourse (2005), The Social Art (2006) Quantitative Methods in Sociolinguistics (2009).

Language as Meaning
Language as Sound
Language as Form
Language as Communication
Language as Identity
Language as History
Language as Symbol


Macaulay's book captures the excitement and importance of some of the more interesting debates and controversies in linguistics during the past 50 years. Providing clear and concise surveys, it has appeal for the non-specialist reader who is looking for an introduction to the basics, along with excellent suggestions for further reading.' - Professor Kathleen Doty, Humboldt State University, California
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