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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $55.00
  • March 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-97884-1
  • 624 pages
  • Territory Rights: USA and Dependencies, Philippines and Canada.


What's Language Got to Do with It?

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Keith Walters (Author, Portland State University), Michal Brody (Author, Sonoma State University)

With a Foreword by Shirley Brice Heath

 

In the Mideast, words shoot to kill. On the pages of the New Yorker, Romeo IMs Juliet. In India, operators in customer service call centers are required to speak English with an American accent and to be able to make small talk about the Super Bowl. Closer to home, ABC News offers up a linguistic profiling quiz. And George Orwell continues to lament the state of politics and the English language.

This is just some of what you’ll find in What’s Language Got to Do with It?, a thought-provoking new reader that introduces some of the most important language issues facing us today—and prompts students to think hard about their own use of language.

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    Preface

    Foreword by Shirley Brice Heath

    Introduction: What's Language Got to Do with It?

    1 Language as Argument

    1. Clyde Haberman, In the Mideast This Year, Even Words Shoot to Kill
    2. Kendra Hamilton, You Say “Hispanic,” I Say “Latino”
    3. Deborah Tannen, Fighting for Our Lives
    4. Otto Santa Ana, Immigration as Dangerous Waters: The Power of Metaphor
    5. Cliff Rothman, A Welcome Mat for Lesbian and Gay Customers
    6. wordscanheal.org
    7. Anna Quindlen, Some Struggles Never Seem to End
    8. Alice Duer Miller, Why We Oppose Votes for Men
    9. Michiko Kakutani, Debate? Dissent? Discussion? Oh, Don’t Go There

    2 How Writing Changes Language: Some Consequences of Literacy

    1. THE KWESTION OF SPELING
      1. Richard Lawrence Wade, freespeling.com
      2. Jody K. Biehl, Crisis of Letters in Germany
    2. Simon Winchester, Roget and His Brilliant, Unrivaled, Maligned, and Detestable Thesaurus
    3. Mercedes-Benz, Playing with Words to Sell Cars
    4. PUNCTUATION. PERIOD.
      1. Lewis Thomas, Notes on Punctuation
      2. Ellen Lupton and J. Abbott Miller, Period Styles: A Punctuated History
    5. POLICING USAGE IN THE COMICS
      1. Robb Armstrong, Jump Start
      2. Pat Brady, Rose Is Rose
    6. Mary Newton Bruder, grammarlady.com
    7. George Orwell, Politics and the English Language
    8. Jack Rosenthal, So Here’s What’s Happening to Language

    3 Technology and (versus?) Language

    1. Dennis Baron, The New Technologies of the Word
    2. Jennifer 8. Lee, I Think, Therefore IM
    3. UR2KEWL, ROMEO
      1. Jim Borgman and Jerry Scott, Zits
      2. Bill Amend, FoxTrot
      3. Roz Chast, The IMs of Romeo and Juliet
    4. Kate Hafner, Happy Birthday :-) to You: A Smiley Face Turns 20
    5. Amy Borkowsky, Amy’s Answering Machine
    6. WHY NOT EVERYONE LIKES POWERPOINT
      1. Geoffrey Nunberg, The Trouble with PowerPoint
      2. Clive Thompson, PowerPoint Makes You Dumb
    7. TECHNOLOGIES AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICES
      1. Yilu Zhao, Loss of Net Halts an Online Ritual
      2. Debra Nussbaum Cohen, Hot-Synching with a Heavenly Presence

    4 Multilingual USA

    1. Hyon B. Shin and Rosalind Bruno, Census 2000
    2. Janny Scott, Foreign Born in U.S. at Record High
    3. Spanish en Los Estados Unidos
    4. Marjorie Agosín, Always Living in Spanish
    5. Myriam Marquez, Why and When We Speak Spanish in Public
    6. Sandra Cisneros, Excerpt from "Bien Pretty"
    7. Ana Celia Zentella, The Hows and Whys of “Spanglish”
    8. CODESWITCHING IN THE COMICS
      1. Greg Evans, Luann
      2. Hector Cantú and Carlos Castellanos, Baldo
    9. Diane Smith, Newcomers Confront Language Melting Pot
    10. A Host of Other Tongues
      1. Clyde Haberman, The Oys of Yiddish (Ignore at Your Peril)
      2. Amy Tan, Mother Tongue
      3. Lan Cao, Keeper of the Word
      4. Hien Nguyen, Memories
      5. Monileak Ourng, Negotiating Identity
    11. American’s First Languages
      1. Doug Abrahms, Tribes Struggle to Keep Languages Alive
      2. Monique Balas, She Remembers So Others Can Learn
      3. Dorreen Yellow Bird, Keeping the Flame of a Language Alive

    5 Talking While Black: African American Language in the United States

    1. Patricia Smith, Talking Wrong
    2. John Rickford, Suite for Ebony and Phonics
    3. Robb Armstrong, Jump Start
    4. David D. Troutt, Defining Who We Are in Society
    5. Michael Erard, Can You Be Discriminated Against Because of the Way You Speak?
    6. Abcnews.com, Linguistic Profiling: A Quiz
    7. John Baugh, Linguistic Pride and Racial Prejudice
    8. June Jordan, Nobody Mean More to Me Than You, and the Future Life of Willie Jordan
    9. I Has a Dream

    6 His and Hers: Language and Gender

    1. Lynda R. Willer, Welcome to Your World, Baby
    2. Penelope Eckert and Sally McConnell-Ginet, Learning to Be Gendered
    3. Linda Wertheimer and Cathy Duchamp, How to Sound More Feminine
    4. Dan Piraro, Bizarro
    5. If This Car Could Talk
    6. Darryl McGrath, The Return of Girl
    7. John McWhorter, Missing the Nose on Our Face: Pronouns and the Feminist Revolution
    8. SEXIST PRONOUNS AND USAGE GUIDES
      1. Andrea Lunsford, from The Everyday Writer
      2. Maxine Hairston and John Ruszkiewicz, from The Scott Foresman Handbook for Writers
      3. American Psychological Association, from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

    7 Language in Deaf Communities

    1. Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, Learning to Be Deaf
    2. The American Sign Language Fingerspelling Site
    3. “CAN'T ALL DEAF PEOPLE READ LIPS?”
      1. Matthew S. Moore and Linda Levitan, Questions & Answers from Deaf Life
      2. Greg Evans, Luann
    4. Andrew Solomon, Defiantly Deaf
    5. Brenda Jo Brueggemann, Call to A. G. Bell

    8 Languages and National Identities

    1. LANGUAGE AND THE LAW: TWO CASES FROM CANADA
      1. DeNeen Brown, Quebec “Tongue Troopers” Defend French
      2. Andrew Duffy, Nunavut Wants Quebec-Style Sign Law
    2. NATIVE AMERICAN IMAGES AS TEAM ICONS
      1. Andrea Woo, Polls Apart: A Survey
      2. Mike Wise, The Squabbling Illini: Rallying Cries Lead to Rift
    3. Hugh Pope, A Soup of Alphabets Bedevils Azeri
    4. David W. Chen, Chinese Papers Really Change Direction
    5. John Miller, English Is Broken Here
    6. Dennis Baron, Don’t Make English Official―Ban It Instead
    7. Tom Tomorrow, This Modern World
    8. Geoffrey Nunberg, Reimagining America

    9 Globalizing English

    1. David Crystal, Why a Global Language?
    2. Beth Duff-Brown, Customer Service Calls Routed to India
    3. Henry Chu, Taiwan’s Toddlers Learn English
    4. Derek Zhu, Konglish: It’s Not That Bad
    5. Shashi Tharoor, A Bedeviling Question in the Cadence of English
    6. John Tagliabue, In Europe, Going Global Means, Alas, English
    7. Barbara Wallraff, What Global Language?

    Glossary

    Rhetorical Index

    Text and Image Acknowledgments

    Index