This month in Linguistics from Cambridge

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The Study of Language by George Yule | 5th Edition

The Study of Language has proven itself to be the student and instructor choice for first courses in language and linguistics because of its accessible approach to, what is often, a complicated subject. In every edition, readers have praised the book for being easy to follow, simple to understand, and fun to read, with its quirky anecdotes and examples of languages from around the world. Now in its fifth edition, it is further strengthened by the addition of new student ‘tasks’ (guiding readers to connect theory to real-world scenarios), including examples from even more foreign languages, and updating the text to reflect the most current linguistic theory. We will also be offering an enriched learning experience with our new enhanced eBook (publishing in Autumn), which will include pop-up glossary terms, embedded audio and interactive questioning. All of these features make this the most student-friendly edition of the textbook yet.


The Study of Language

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Evolving English: Map Your Voice

The organisers of the Evolving English exhibition at the British Library are asking people from all over the world to help with their research into how language works, simply by reading children’s story Mr. Tickle by Roger Hargreaves.

Find out more, listen to readings, and add your voice today.

Evolving English is the first exhibition to explore the English language in all its national and international diversity. Iconic collection items are set alongside engaging everyday texts and sound recordings to show the many social, cultural and historical strands from which the language is woven. You can find out more at the Evolving English blog, written by the exhibition’s curators Adrian Edwards, Jonnie Robinson and Roger Walshe.

The exhibition runs until 3rd April 2011.

Evolving English exhibition

Evolving English exhibition

David Crystal at the official opening of the exhibition

David Crystal at the official opening of the exhibition

David Crystal: Champion of the English Language

The Guardian have written a brilliant article about David Crystal and the 30 years of ‘language gems’ he has given the world.

Read the full article at

Books by David Crystal… click on the jackets to view inside the books and find out more

Encyclopedia of Language Think on my Words Language and the Internet English as a Global Language Encyclopedia of English Language

Language Erosion

There’s a timely article by Laura Spinney in The Independent today highlighting the recent discovery of Koro, a previously unknown language in India spoken by around 800 people. The ensuing discussion around language evolution, and indeed extinction, draws upon the research of Cambridge University Press authors Tecumseh Fitch and Stephen Levinson – click here to read the article.

The Evolution of Language


The Evolution of Language

Tecumseh Fitch

Language, more than anything else, is what makes us human. It appears that no communication system of equivalent power exists elsewhere in the animal kingdom. How, and why, did language evolve in our species and not in others? Tecumseh Fitch brings together important insights from diverse disciplines to explore one of the biggest unsolved puzzles of human history.

2010 | £29.99

Find out more and read a free excerpt

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Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity

Edited by Stephen C. Levinson & David P. Wilkins

In this collection, a team of leading linguists and psychologists look at how the spatial domain is structured in language. Drawing on data from a wide range of languages, they uncover considerable cross-linguistic variation across this central domain, adding to debates about the innate foundations of human cognition.

2006 | £39.99

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From Brain To Language To Accent



Ping Li, editor of Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, has been researching comparisons between the brains of native English speakers and Chinese speakers who are bilingual in English in the hopes of shedding more light on what differentiates and distinguishes someone who can easily pick up a new language from someone who struggles.

The research being carried out at Pennsylvania State University’s Brain, Language, and Computation Lab has been designed specifically to understand the relationships among language, brain, and culture. In particular, focusing on the dynamic changes that occur in the language learner and the dynamic interactions that occur in the competing language systems over the course of learning.

This research was recently picked up by CNN and makes for very informative and worthwhile reading.



Read the original article here –



Applied Linguistics Podcasts & Vodcasts

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Access two new informative applied linguistics podcasts from the EuroCALL 2010 conference.


Listen to an interview with Robert O’Dowd, conducted by Mirjam Hauck at the EuroCALL conference 2010. Dr. O’Dowd discusses his specialist area of research, telecollaboration in language learning, explaining amongst other things its usefulness in advancing learners’ digital literacy and intercultural communication skills. He also talks about teacher training needs in this area, and how he thinks the field will develop.

Also make sure to check out the interview with Gary Motteram, conducted by Nicolas Guichon. In this podcast, Dr Motteram explains how he became involved in researching technology in language learning and teaching. He goes on to talk in-depth about issues surrounding teacher education and technology, including the use of Second Life as a meaningful tool for language learning.

Listen now to these and other podcasts as well as other relevant vodcasts at