Language, Bananas and Bonobos: Linguistic Problems, Puzzles and Polemics
DescriptionLanguage, Bananas, and Bonobos presents a series of engaging reflections on concerns such as our knowledge and use of language, political correctness, and the linguistic abilities of chimpanzees. In doing so, this volume provides new insights into linguistics that are of universal interest.
1. How to be the Center of the Universe.
Part I: Problems:.
3. Putting a Banana in Your Ear.
4. A Fragment of Genius.
5. Colourful Language.
6. The Structure of Noise.
Part II: Puzzles:.
10. Acquired Whining.
12. The Golem.
Part III: Polemics:.
15. Whales, Sunflowers and the Evolution of Language.
16. Jackdaws, Sex and Language Acquisition.
17. Does Chomsky Exist?.
18. Relentless Jollity, Inexorable Logic and the Nature of Mind.
19. Structural Eccentricities.
20. The Velarity of Linguists.
"Neil Smith has not only a profound knowledge of current developments in linguistics but also a talent for explaining the issues clearly and approachably." John Wells FBA, University College London
"Smith is a thorough linguist with a sense of humor. Readers will find interesting linguistic ideas in small delicate amount enough to induce a linguistic quest for more revealing information. This book offers quick linguistic treats of fresh ideas and key findings in linguistics." Linguistische Berichte
- Written by one of the most senior figures in linguistics.
- Provides a unique introduction to complex issues in language and linguistics.
- Features humorous and accessible essays which appeal to both the expert and the general reader.
- Includes a glossary of all technical terms and interpretations.