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The Language Web

The Language Web
The Power and Problem of Words - The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures

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  • Date Published: January 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521574754

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  • Language is like a vast interconnected spider's web. In this volume Jean Aitchison explores the different facets of this web, ranging from its biological nature and the way in which language is acquired by children to the way the web has aided language evolution. This is the text of the 1996 BBC Reith lectures, with the addition of illustrations, suggestions for further reading and notes. An Afterword looks at the reception of the lectures.

    • Author very well known internationally, and in the UK as BBC Reith lecturer for 1996 (previous lecturers include Edward Said and Marina Warner)
    • Sales of Aitchison's previous books (Language Change, The Seeds of Speech) very high
    • This book is genuinely accessible to a general audience
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    • Date Published: January 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521574754
    • length: 156 pages
    • dimensions: 203 x 127 x 9 mm
    • weight: 0.18kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. A web of worries: anxiety about language
    2. A web of deceit: the origin of language
    3. Building the web: acquiring language
    4. A web of words: remembering words
    5. A world-wide web: options and snares.

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    Jean Aitchison, University of Oxford

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