Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Part 1 of 2: Book Depository

I decided to do some online book shopping while working/vacationing in Hong Kong, so this is what I ended up with the last two nights. The theme of this purchase is LANGUAGES, so in this part one of the two-part blog post, I feature the stuff I bought from Book Depository (total: USD57.55 or RM212.94 or €53). Tomorrow, I'll show off what I bought from Better World Books! All these wonderful books will become a part of my personal library collection.

Language Death by David Crystal. The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and anthropologists but among all concerned with issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture. By some counts, only 600 of the 6,000 or so languages in the world are 'safe' from the threat of extinction. A leading commentator and popular writer on language issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question, 'why is language death so important?', reviews the reasons for the current crisis, and investigates what is being done to reduce its impact. This book contains not only intelligent argument, but moving descriptions of the decline and demise of particular languages, and practical advice for anyone interested in pursuing the subject further.


The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages by Nicholas Ostler. A revelatory and exhilarating tour de force, Nicholas Ostler's "The Last Lingua Franca: The Rise and Fall of World Languages" explores the rise of a linguistic diversity we could never before have imagined. In the twenty-first century, can we really take the dominance of English for granted? In their time, Greek, Latin, Arabic, Sanskrit and Persian have each been world languages, sweeping the globe for centuries at a time. And yet they have all been displaced, just as Nicholas Ostler predicts English will be. What forces drive these linguistic currents? What characteristics do lingua francas share? And most importantly, how do they lose their power? "Frequently jaw-dropping and never less than convincing". (Henry Hitchings, "Financial Times"). "Sweepingly learned and engagingly garrulous". ("Sunday Times"). "A much-needed challenge to conventional wisdom". ("Guardian"). "A linguist of astonishing voracity ...the predictions are striking". ("Economist"). Nicholas Ostler is the author of "Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World" and "Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin". He studied Greek, Latin and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and holds a Ph.D. in Linguistics from MIT. With a working knowledge of twenty-six languages, Nicholas now runs an institute for the protection of endangered languages.

Linguistics For Dummies by Rose-Marie Dechaine, Strang Burton, Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson. The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human language Linguistics is the scientific study of human language.Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language.From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society.Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-level introductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence,knowledge, and know-how to score your highest. * Understand the science behind human language * Grasp how language is constructed * Score your highest in college-level linguistics If you're enrolled in an introductory linguistics course or simply have a love of human language, Linguistics For Dummies is your one-stop resource for unlocking the science of the spoken word.

Phonetics For Dummies by William F. Katz. The clear and easy way to understand the science behind speech Phonetics is the scientific study of speech sounds, and deals with how people produce speech and hear specific speech features. Phonetics is a required course for all speech language pathologists and linguists, and is also taken by students of English, Language teaching, Theatre, Voice Acting, Telecommunication, and Forensics. Phonetics For Dummies covers everything students need to succeed in this challenging course. From the real-world applications of phonetics to how speech is produced, Phonetics For Dummies quickly brings you up to speed on all aspects of the subject, ensuring a high level of mastery on exam day. Tracks to a typical introductory phonetics class at the university/college level. Bonus content on provides instructional videos and quizzes. Helps you score your highest in your phonetics class. If you're a language, linguistics, or speech pathology student undertaking an introductory phonetics course at the university level, Phonetics For Dummies has everything you need to score high.