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The Language Web: The Power and Problem of Words - The 1996 BBC Reith Lectures

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Language is like a vast spider's web. In this volume Jean Aitchison explores different facets of this web. She begins with the cobweb of false worries which surrounds language. She then discusses how language evolved in the human species, how children acquire it, and how educated English speakers remember 50,000 or more words. Finally, she argues that people are right to b ...more
Paperback, 156 pages
Published November 21st 1996 by Cambridge University Press
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Aug 20, 2015 Luke McCullough rated it really liked it
I recommend reading this series of lectures to the individual who has not done much study in linguistics and who does not know if s/he wants to begin studying the subject -- this series of lectures necessarily does not supply enough information for those readers who have already begun their study of linguistics. The Language Web provides a cogent, lucid introduction to linguistics.

Kudos to Aitchison for her ability to bring language to the forefront of the media!
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Very interesting, easy to understand series, that introduces various aspects of language for common public. There might have been even more interesting things to say if the lectures were given now - nevertheless, this is still a good collection.
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Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

Her main areas of interest include:

Socio-historical linguistics
Language and mind
Language and the media
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