Introduction.- PART 1: THE ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE Where Does Language Come From?.- Why Don't We All Talk the Same?.- Things Ain't What They Used to Be.- Linguistic Relations.- Bee Talk and Monkey Chatter.- PART 2: LANGUAGE STRUCTURES How Do You Spell Accommodation?.- How Many Words Do The Eskimos Use?.- Going On and On: The Never-ending Story.- Primitive Languages?.- Who Needs Grammar?.- Mobile Messages.- PART 3: LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY How Do We Lose Languages and Does It Matter?.- What Shall I Call You?.- Do Women and Men Speak Differently?.- Sexist Language and Linguist Sexism.- What Language Do You Use to Your Grandmother?.- Why Can't People in Birmingham Talk Right?.- PART 4: LANGUAGE, BRAIN AND MIND Why My Feets Hurted?.- Does Bilingualism Rot the Brain?.- Building Another Tongue.- You've Tasted the Whole Worm.- Is Language a Strait Jacket?.- When Language Breaks Down.- PART 5: CONCLUSION Who Cares About Language?.- Index.
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LAURIE BAUER is Professor and Personal Chair in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Study, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is on the editorial board of Linguistics and the Yearbook of Morphology. His publications include Language Myths (with Peter Trudgill, Penguin, 1998), Morphological Productivity (Cambridge, 2001), Introducing Linguistic Morphology 2e (EUP 2003) and An Introduction to International Varieties of English (EUP 2002). JANET HOLMES is Professor and Personal Chair in the School of Linguistics and Appli