The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture

By Frank R. Wilson

"A startling argument . . . provocative . . . absorbing." --The Boston Globe

"Ambitious . . . arresting . . . celebrates the significance of palms to our lives at the present time in addition to to the background of our species."
--The ny occasions e-book Review

The human hand is a miracle of biomechanics, probably the most striking variations within the historical past of evolution. The fingers of a live performance pianist can elicit excellent sound and stir emotion; these of a health care provider can practice the main tender operations; these of a rock climber enable him to scale a vertical mountain wall. Neurologist Frank R. Wilson makes the impressive declare that for the reason that of the original constitution of the hand and its evolution in cooperation with the mind that Homo sapiens grew to become the main clever, preeminent animal at the earth.
        In this attention-grabbing ebook, Wilson strikes from a dialogue of the hand's evolution--and how its intimate communique with the mind impacts such parts as neurology, psychology, and  linguistics--to provocative new rules approximately human creativity and the way top to nurture it. Like Oliver Sacks and Stephen Jay Gould, Wilson handles a frightening diversity of clinical wisdom with a stunning deftness and a profound interest approximately human danger. Provocative, illuminating, and pleasant to learn, The Hand encourages us to imagine in new methods approximately considered one of our such a lot taken-for-granted assets.

"A mark of the book's excellence [is that] it makes the reader conscious of the sweetness in trivial, daily acts, and divulges the complexity in the back of the best manipulation." --The Washington Post

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Language and Hegemony in Gramsci (Reading Gramsci)

By Peter Ives

Language and Hegemony in Gramsci introduces Gramsci's social and political proposal via his writings on language. It indicates how his specialise in language illuminates his significant rules resembling hegemony, natural and standard intellectuals, passive revolution, civil society and subalternity. Peter Ives explores Gramsci's problem with language from his collage stories in linguistics to his final criminal computing device. Hegemony has been visible as Gramsci's most crucial contribution, yet with no wisdom of its linguistic roots, it's always misunderstood. This booklet areas Gramsci's principles in the linguistically stimulated social concept of the 20th century. It summarizes many of the significant principles of Ferdinand de Saussure, Ludwig Wittgenstein, language philosophy and post-structuralism when it comes to Gramsci's place. through paying nice consciousness to the linguistic underpinnings of Gramsci's Marxism, Language and Hegemony in Gramsci indicates how his theorization of energy, language and politics handle matters raised by means of post-modernism and the paintings of Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Chantal Mouffe, and Ernesto Laclau.

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Another Word A Day: An All-New Romp through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English

By Anu Garg

A smorgasbord of unusual, imprecise, and unique words

In this pleasant encore to the nationwide bestseller A observe an afternoon, Anu Garg, the founding father of the wildly well known A note an afternoon website (wordsmith.org), offers an all-new choice of strange, interesting phrases and real-life anecdotes that might thrill writers, students, and observe buffs all over. one other note an afternoon celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and enjoyable, and lines new chapters starting from ""Words shaped Erroneously"" and ""Red-Herring Words"" to ""Kangaroo Words,"" ""Discover the Theme,"" and ""What Does That corporation identify Mean?"" In them, you will discover a treasure trove of curious and compelling phrases, together with agelast, dragoman, mittimus, nyctalopia, quacksalver, scission, tattersall, and zugzwang. every one access encompasses a concise definition, etymology, and utilization instance, interspersed with illuminating quotations.

Praise for a notice a day

""Anu Garg's many readers anticipate their A note an afternoon rations hungrily. Now finally here is a dinner party for them and different verbivores. consume up!""
--Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly and writer of Word Court

""AWADies can be acquainted with Anu Garg's clean method of phrases: phrases are enjoyable they usually have attention-grabbing histories.""
--John Simpson, leader Editor, Oxford English Dictionary

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Language Change at the Syntax-Semantics Interface (Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs [Tilsm])

This quantity makes a speciality of the interaction of syntactic and semantic components in language switch. The contributions draw on information from a variety of Indo-European languages and handle the query of ways syntactic and semantic swap are associated and even if either are ruled via related constraints, ideas and systematic mechanisms. the quantity will entice students in old linguistics and formal theories of syntax and semantics.

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Roget's Thesaurus of Words for Writers: Over 2,300 Emotive, Evocative, Descriptive Synonyms, Antonyms, and Related Terms Every Writer Should Know

By David Olsen, Michelle Bevilacqua, Justin Cord Hayes, Robert W. Bly

The last word software for writers!

Whether you're crafting the subsequent nice American novel or pounding away at a last-minute web publication access, there'll come a time within the strategy in case you fight to discover simply definitely the right observe or word. less than the time-tested banner of Roget's glossary, this assortment will fast develop into the main crucial software in your table while you're engaged on your subsequent piece. faraway from a typical glossary, every one access during this publication is geared up through that means and provides a listing of compelling note offerings that relate to the tips you'd prefer to use. It additionally offers a pronunciation advisor, definition, antonyms, synonyms, and a pattern sentence for every directory. packed with millions of precise and compelling phrases, this booklet might help you discover concept, extend your vocabulary, and create specific sentences for any writing assignment.

With Roget's glossary of phrases for Writers, you'll set your initiatives within the correct course and have interaction your audience--one note at a time.

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Linguistic Fieldwork: A Practical Guide

By Claire Bowern

Doing box learn isn't like operating within the lab with chemical compounds: either the sphere employee and their experts are actual those that engage in complicated methods. This booklet is a advisor to carrying out that interplay in an effort to produce examine which advantages not just the linguistic neighborhood, but in addition language audio system. Given the rapidity of decline in international linguistic variety, the subsequent 30 years could be the most important for destiny wisdom of languages everywhere in the world.

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Essential Japanese Grammar: A Comprehensive Guide to Contemporary Usage

By Masahiro Tanimori

Essential eastern Grammar is an quintessential examine consultant for college students of the japanese language in any respect levels.

Long the traditional in eastern language schooling, it offers transparent, jargon-free causes of the way jap grammar works and provides countless numbers of instance sentences. it's a vital instruction manual for self-study or for the school room and may be a valued source for future years. a robust starting place in grammar is key to these wishing to profit jap as an entire.

Essential eastern Grammar provides a few distinctive positive factors. First, grammatical terminology has been stored to a minimal in order that large past wisdom of grammar isn't really required. moment, plentiful instance sentences written in jap characters (kana and kanji) by means of romanji and English translations. 3rd, the authors have attempted to bare features of grammar that won't be present in related grammar books corresponding to infrequent jap verbs, adjectival nouns, clauses adverbs, and so forth.

This eastern grammar publication contains:

  • components of speech.
  • sentence constructions.
  • conjugations forms.
  • speech types and tones.
  • accentuation rules.
  • crucial phrases and useful elements.
  • an appendix for referencing and cross-referencing jap words.

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William Morris's Utopia of Strangers: Victorian Medievalism and the Ideal of Hospitality (English Association Studies)

By Marcus Waithe

It truly is more often than not argued that William Morris's idea of the great society is uniquely tolerant - a declare which this e-book assessments, asking even if Victorian medievalism and the linked excellent of hospitality provided Morris the assets to increase a brand new perception of utopia, characterised through openness instead of classical exclusivity. This primary subject matter is addressed throughout various inventive and highbrow contexts, from Victorian neo-feudalism to socialism and the humanities and Crafts circulate, and drawing from paintings in literature, structure, anthropology, political concept, legislation, artwork heritage and translation. including an research of the roots and legacy of Morris's paintings, the e-book deals a close survey of his many tasks. Dr MARCUS WAITHE lectures in Victorian Literature on the college of Sheffield.

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Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language

By Bill Bryson

'More than three hundred million humans on the earth communicate English and the remainder, it occasionally turns out, attempt to...'

Only invoice Bryson can make a ebook in regards to the English language so wonderful. together with his boundless enthusiasm and stressed eye for the absurd, this is often his surprising journey of English. From its mongrel origins to its prestige because the world's most-spoken tongue; its obvious simplicity to its misleading complexity; its bright swearing to its doubtful spelling and pronunciation, Bryson covers all this in addition to the various curious eccentricities that make it as maddening to profit because it is versatile to use.

Bill Bryson's vintage mom Tongue is a hugely readable and hilarious story of ways English got here to be the world's language.

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The Origins of Language: Unraveling Evolutionary Forces

Developments in cognitive technological know-how point out that human and nonhuman primates proportion a number of behavioral and physiological features that talk to the problem of language origins. This quantity has 3 significant issues, woven in the course of the chapters. First, it really is argued that scientists in animal habit and anthropology have to circulation past theoretical debate to a extra empirically targeted and comparative method of language. moment, these empirical and comparative tools are defined, revealing underpinnings of language, a few of that are shared via people and different primates and others of that are distinct to people. New insights are mentioned, and several other hypotheses emerge in regards to the evolutionary forces that ended in the "design" of language. 3rd, evolutionary demanding situations that resulted in adaptive alterations in communique over the years are thought of with an eye fixed towards knowing numerous constraints that channeled the method.

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