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The Five-Minute Linguist: Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages takes a new approach to making accurate and up-to-date knowledge about language accessible in a non-academic way. It consists of some 55-60 chapters, each about 700 words long, adapted from the weekly scripts of a popular NPR series on language. The scripts, contributed by a cross-section of leading ...more
Paperback, 273 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Equinox Publishing Ltd.
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Feb 16, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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در بابِ زبان و زبانشناسی: شصت گفتارِ مختصر و مفید / ای. ام. ریکرسون، بری هیلتون / تهران: هرمس، چاپِ اول 1392
زبان، مسائلِ متفرقه، سالِ زبانها در ایالاتِ متحد امریکا

زبانها را دریاب، تا جهان را دریابی
هدف کتاب، آگاهی دادن دربارۀ ماهیت و گوناگونی زبانهای مختلف است. اهمیت پژوهشهای زبانشناختی، باعث شد مجلس سنا و نمایندگان آمریکا، سال 2005م را «سال زبانها» نامگذاری کند. انجمن آموزش زبانهای خارجی آمریکا نیز اقدامات متنوع و وسیعی را در همین راستا انجام داد. جلسات سخنرانی، نمایش فیلم، مسابقه در مدارس، تا
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Aisha
Oct 03, 2016 Aisha rated it it was amazing
It' been awhile since I've read a marvelous book! Really insightful it was.
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Oct 07, 2013 Dave Maddock rated it really liked it
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This book is based on a series of radio shorts from 2005 called Talkin' About Talk produced at the College of Charleston. The College has made the recordings available on their website and through iTunesU.

The book (and radio program) are exactly what it says it is: quick introductory essays on a range of topics in the broad field of linguistics that are good starting points for interested laypeople.

The only minor criticism I have is that it can be a bit rah-rah, overly positive about the quality
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Kim
Dec 11, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
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This is a fun book with a pretty brilliant concept. There are sixty short chapters, each starting off with a question such as "Are pidgins and creoles real languages?," How does the brain cope with multiple languages?," "Is British English the Right English?," or What is 'Speaking in Tongues'?" In four or five pages an expert on the topic gives an overview in clear, layman's terms, and then points the reader to other works. I found it really interesting and learned a lot. In my opinion there are ...more
Adam
Mar 17, 2010 Adam rated it liked it
I went to the library last night looking for a nice fun intro to linguistics, something that would show off how interesting the subject is, without being academic and dense and not fun. This seemed innocuous enough to be worth trying, since it's so brief. However, by doing so much to condense and compartmentalize and popularize these questions, the book lost a lot of the potential to generate interest or explain anything in any depth. It was much less informative than I'd hoped for. I would say, ...more
Kathleen Dixon
This book contains a horde of information about linguistics, all in very easy-to-read essays (as described in the title). Towards the end, unfortunately, the book seemed to forget its target audience and several of the essays had portions encouraging children to train for specific jobs like interpreting. The tones were that of an avuncular professor to primary school children (10 and under), which didn't work because no child that age is going to be reading this book. That aside, there's an ...more
Sarah
Jun 08, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Excellent little book! I wish I had heard the radio series when it was running (I'll probably look up the audio files at some point). The scope, obviously, is limited, but since I'm not a real linguist anyway, I enjoyed this shallow immersion into the world of linguistics. No phonetic alphabet in sight, no talk of aspirated and unaspirated sounds, just really interesting discussions that anyone can understand and like. I'll certainly research some of these topics further (like Spanish vs. ...more
The Chuck
Aug 13, 2009 The Chuck rated it it was amazing
This is a bite sized version of everything I learned in all of my linguistics classes.

It's easy to read because each chapter is about three pages long and in layman's terms.

Give it a shot!
Sarah
Sep 13, 2015 Sarah rated it it was ok
Easy to read, but a very basic level. No depth of exploration of the topics, and sometimes obvious ideas discussed.
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Good articles, interesting without being boring. I liked just about every one.
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