Language and Reality: Selected Writings of Sydney Lamb

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A&C Black, Sep 30, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 544 pages
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Language and Reality presents selected writings of Professor Sydney M. Lamb, including six new works and several which have been re-worked for publication here. Although he is a leading figure in linguistic science, many of the papers are far from well known, some of them having appeared in more obscure venues of publication, and for the most part unavailable to the wider linguistic community. The book is divided into four parts, the first of which includes papers offering insight into the man behind this pioneering approach to doing linguistics that might best be summed up as "linguistics to the beat of a different drummer." The papers in Part II explore the theoretical origins of Lamb's ideas about language that have often been described as ahead of their time. Part III includes more recent writings outlining work done in Neurocognitive Linguistics. Studies of the interconnectedness of language with other kinds of human experience and with history are presented in Part IV.
 

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Contents

On the Aims of Linguistics
3
Linguistics to the Beat of a Different Drummer
12
Lessons In and Out of the Classroom
45
Translation and the Structure of Language
48
THE STRUCTURE OF LANGUAGE
69
Epilegomena to a Theory of Language
71
Lexicology and Semantics
118
Some Types of Ordering
126
Questions of Evidence in Neurocognitive Linguistics
324
On the Perception of Speech
352
LANGUAGE IN THE REAL WORLD
359
Linguistic Diversification and Extinction in North America
361
Uniquely Human?
370
LongRange Relationships
389
What is a Language?
394
Linguistics Semiotics and the Human Information System
415

Language as a Network of Relationships
133
Mutations and Relations
176
Descriptive Process
195
Using Language and Knowing How
211
NEUROCOGNITIVE LINGUISTICS
225
Language as a Real Biological System
227
Language and Thought
254
Interpreting Discourse
277
A Neurocognitive Approach
298
Dimensions of the Territory of Neurolinguistics
318
Semiotics and Human Knowledge
425
Reexamining the Family Tree Model of Linguistic Classification
444
Objects of Study in Linguistics and Other Sciences
471
Meaning in Language and Meaning in Music
488
Philosophical Differences and Cognitive Styles
496
Glossary
503
Bibliography
505
Index
518
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About the author (2006)

Sydney Lamb is Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Rice University in Texas. Professor Jonathan J. Webster is Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong.

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