Language and the African American Child

“How does the language of developing African American English (AAE)-speaking children differ from that of their peers who are learning standard American English and other varieties of English? How does it differ from that of AAE-speaking adults in the same speech communities? Research on some topics in the study of the use AAE by adolescents and adults is well established; however, research on development and use of AAE by pre-school age children is limited. Language and the African American Child gives a linguistic description of patterns in the speech of developing AAE-speaking children who are growing up in small communities in the southern United States. As one of the few linguistic descriptions of child AAE, the book contributes to our understanding . . . → Read More: Language and the African American Child

Language and Religion: A Journey into the Human Mind

“This is one of the first books to explore in depth the philosophical implications for religion, and by implication other areas of culture, of the new Rationalism tacit in cognitive psychology. Its approach to a renewed rationalism is Kantian in its underlying stance and develops a form of philosophical pragmatism based on Peirce. The book can be seen as a project which attempts to modernize and naturalize this historic tradition.

“Language and Religion is about the cognitive pragmatics of culture, with the world religions as the example. The term ”rationalism” is used in the sense of the claim that the architecture of the mind, with its innate mental representations, provides reliable knowledge independently of experience, knowledge which is a . . . → Read More: Language and Religion: A Journey into the Human Mind

January Competition

The winner of our January competition can select a free copy of any title they choose from our Key Topics in Sociolinguistics series.  To enter, simply email your answer to [email protected] and we will randomly select a winner on 1st February 2011.

Question: Who is the general editor of Cambridge’s Key Topics in . . . → Read More: January Competition

Special sociolinguistic language shift edition of English Today – free article access

The September 2010 issue of English Today was a special edition, guest edited by Renee Blake. This issue focuses on English amongst recent migrants to the USA and Canada – and two articles have been made available until the 31st of December 2010 as a taster sample. . . . → Read More: Special sociolinguistic language shift edition of English Today – free article access