The Other Tongue Book

The Other Tongue


  • Author : Braj B. Kachru
  • Publisher : Pergamon
  • Release Date : 1983
  • Genre: English language
  • Pages : 380
  • ISBN 10 : UOM:39076000554274
  • Total Read : 90
  • File Size : 19,5 Mb

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The Mother Tongue Book
Score: 3.5
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The Mother Tongue


  • Author : Bill Bryson
  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release Date : 2015-06-02
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780062417442
  • Total Read : 94
  • File Size : 8,9 Mb

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“Vastly informative and vastly entertaining…A scholarly and fascinating book.” —Los Angeles Times With dazzling wit and astonishing insight, Bill Bryson explores the remarkable history, eccentricities, resilience and sheer fun of the English language. From the first descent of the larynx into the throat (why you can talk but your dog can’t), to the fine lost art of swearing, Bryson tells the fascinating, often uproarious story of an inadequate, second-rate tongue of peasants that developed into one of the world’s largest growth industries.

The  M other Tongue Book

The M other Tongue


  • Author : Shirley N. Garner
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-06-30
  • Genre: Psychology
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501741951
  • Total Read : 98
  • File Size : 19,9 Mb

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The M other Tongue Summary:

This timely and provocative collection of sixteen essays combines feminist and psychoanalytic approaches to literary theory and to the reading of literary texts. It demonstrates not only the ways in which psychoanalytic theory can illuminate traditional literary texts, but also the ways in which feminist theory can modify, enlarge, and in some instances transform the body of psychoanalytic literature. Treating psychoanalysis as a form of narrative as well as a method of interpretation, the editors have divided their collection into three sections: 1) interpretations of the relation between contemporary feminism and Freud; 2) rereadings of classic patriarchal texts in the light of psychoanalytic feminism; and 3) readings of texts by women writers that have subverted patriarchal structures and given authoritative new voice to the maternal figure. Many of the essays make original contributions to the current debate about the conjunction of Freud and feminism; others offer innovative readings of specific texts that illustrate the significance of that relation. The Introduction provides an up-to-date survey of feminist psychoanalytic theory and enumerates the central issues. Because of the diversity of critical perspectives it offers and the range of texts it considers, this rich and important book will attract a broad spectrum of readers.

Mother Tongue Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Mother Tongue


  • Author : Wallis Wilde-Menozzi
  • Publisher : North Point Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-17
  • Genre: Travel
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780374720858
  • Total Read : 70
  • File Size : 12,8 Mb

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A probing and poetic examination of language, food, faith, and family attachment in Italian life through the eyes of an American who moved to Parma with her husband and family. In the 1980s, the American writer Wallis Wilde-Menozzi moved permanently with her Italian husband and her daughter to Parma, a sophisticated city in northern Italy, where he became a professor of biology. Her search for rootedness in the city that was to be her home introduced her to complexities in her identity as she migrated into another language and looked for links beyond the joys of Verdi, Correggio, and Parmesan cheese, which visitors have rightly extolled for centuries. The local resistance to change perceived as individualistic led Wilde-Menozzi to explore the pull and challenge of difference and discover the backbone she needed for artistic freedom. In Mother Tongue, Wilde-Menozzi offers stories of far-sighted lives, remarkable Parma men and remarkable women, including the Renaissance abbess Giovanna Piacenza, the fighting Donella Rossi Sanvitale, and her own indefatigable mother-in-law. Framed with a new introduction by the author, and a new foreword by Patricia Hampl, this classic on diversity and tolerance, family, faith, and food in Italy and the United States is at once timeless and timely, a “large, beautiful window into the intelligent, literate, reflective life of Italy” (Shirley Hazzard).

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue Book
Score: 3.5
From 10 Ratings

Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue


  • Author : John McWhorter
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2009-10-27
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9781592404940
  • Total Read : 87
  • File Size : 19,7 Mb

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A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say “I am reading a catalog” instead of “I read a catalog”? Why do we say “do” at all? Is the way we speak a reflection of our cultural values? Delving into these provocative topics and more, Our Magnificent Bastard Language distills hundreds of years of fascinating lore into one lively history. Covering such turning points as the little-known Celtic and Welsh influences on English, the impact of the Viking raids and the Norman Conquest, and the Germanic invasions that started it all during the fifth century ad, John McWhorter narrates this colorful evolution with vigor. Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research as well as a cache of remarkable trivia about the origins of English words and syntax patterns, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue ultimately demonstrates the arbitrary, maddening nature of English— and its ironic simplicity due to its role as a streamlined lingua franca during the early formation of Britain. This is the book that language aficionados worldwide have been waiting for (and no, it’s not a sin to end a sentence with a preposition).

Silence Is My Mother Tongue Book

Silence Is My Mother Tongue


  • Author : Sulaiman Addonia
  • Publisher : Graywolf Press
  • Release Date : 2020-09-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781644451298
  • Total Read : 60
  • File Size : 10,6 Mb

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A sensuous, textured novel of life in a refugee camp, long-listed for the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction On a hill overlooking a refugee camp in Sudan, a young man strings up bedsheets that, in an act of imaginative resilience, will serve as a screen in his silent cinema. From the cinema he can see all the comings and goings in the camp, especially those of two new arrivals: a girl named Saba, and her mute brother, Hagos. For these siblings, adapting to life in the camp is not easy. Saba mourns the future she lost when she was forced to abandon school, while Hagos, scorned for his inability to speak, must live vicariously through his sister. Both resist societal expectations by seeking to redefine love, sex, and gender roles in their lives, and when a businessman opens a shop and befriends Hagos, they cast off those pressures and make an unconventional choice. With this cast of complex, beautifully drawn characters, Sulaiman Addonia details the textures and rhythms of everyday life in a refugee camp, and questions what it means to be an individual when one has lost all that makes a home or a future. Intimate and subversive, Silence Is My Mother Tongue dissects the ways society wages war on women and explores the stories we must tell to survive in a broken, inhospitable environment.

Righting the Mother Tongue Book
Score: 3.5
From 6 Ratings

Righting the Mother Tongue


  • Author : David Wolman
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2009-10-06
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061981975
  • Total Read : 96
  • File Size : 14,7 Mb

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“A funny and fact-filled look at our astoundingly inconsistent written language, from Shakespeare to spell-check.” —St. Petersburg Times David Wolman explores seven hundred years of trial, error, and reform that have made the history of English spelling a jumbled and fascinating mess. In Righting the Mother Tongue, the author of A Left-Hand Turn Around the World brings us the tangled story of English Spelling, from Olde English to email. Utterly captivating, deliciously edifying, and extremely witty, Righting the Mother Tongue is a treat for the language lover—a book that belongs in every personal library, right next to Eats, Shoots, and Leaves, and the works of Bill Bryson and Simon Winchester.

Foreign Language and Mother Tongue Book

Foreign Language and Mother Tongue


  • Author : Istvan Kecskes
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 2000-06-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 150
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135682729
  • Total Read : 97
  • File Size : 9,7 Mb

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This is the first book that discusses the effect of foreign language learning on first language processing. The authors argue that multilingual development is a dynamic and cumulative process characterized by transfer of different nature, and results in a common underlying conceptual base with two or more language channels that constantly interact with each other. Language representation and processing are discussed from a cognitive-pragmatic rather than a lexical-syntactic perspective. This required the review of several crucial issues of L2 acquisition, such as transfer, vocabulary development, conceptual fluency, and pragmatic skills. The authors also reviewed a large body of literature touching on cognitive psychology, linguistics, psycholinguistics, SLA, philosophy, and education in order to explain multilingual development and the positive effect of foreign language learning on the first language. An important read for linguists and language educators alike, this volume: * attempts to explain multilingual development from a cognitive-pragmatic perspective, * argues that foreign language learning has a positive effect on the development and use of mother tongue skills, * relies on research findings of several different disciplines, * builds on the results of quantitative research conducted by the authors, and touches on a wide range of literature.