Many of us view language as a tool, a means by which to communicate our thoughts and emotions. But is there more to language than just talk”? Can learning languages actually change the way you think? In The Language Imperative , best-selling author and linguistic scholar Suzette Haden Elgin makes a persuasive case that the linguistic differences between us are not trivial, that language and culture are inextricably linked, and that multilingualism has a profound (and beneficial) effect on the human mind. Drawing on examples from the worlds of medicine, business, religion, and family life, Elgin illustrates that each language learned gains for the speaker another worldview perhaps even another personality. This makes it all the more disturbing that many of the world's languages are rapidly disappearing, and that the English Only” movement is gaining ground. Based on solid science and filled with personal insights, The Language Imperative is required reading for anyone interested in how words shape our lives, both as individuals and as a nation.
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Suzette Haden Elgin is a specialist in applied psycholinguistics and the founder and director of the Ozark Center for Language Studies, and has written many language-related bestsellers, such as the whole Gentle Art of Verbal Defense series and How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable. And now she's come out with a new book on language, The Language Imperative, to tackle the issue of multilingualism. She suggests that people in the U.S. suffer a fair amount of confusion over the power and importance of languages. And she asks a number of questions, as well, such as "Is it a good or a bad idea for people in this country to have command of two languages?", Should we have an international language, or is this a silly (or perhaps dangerous) idea?", and "Do languages have the power to shape our lives as individuals and as a nation?"
She sets out to establish the importance of multilingualism, to explain why there is so much confusion and contradiction when it comes to multilingualism, and to discuss the effects of multilingualism on individuals and communities. Elgin did a tremendous amount of research (from traditional sources such as journals and studies, as well as from hundreds of multilinguals around the world). She concludes that human languages do structure and influence how people think and perceive; that the link between language and culture is so strong that if you take away the language, the culture is lost; and ultimately, that multilingualism is terrifically valuable, and should be encouraged in all ways. Elgin fleshes out her ideas with interviews and examples, and presents all the sides that weigh in on these issues. Her voice is strong, her prose precise, provocative, and engaging, and her book worth the read--perhaps many times, and in a variety of languages. --Stephanie GoldAbout the Author:
Suzette Haden Elgin, Ph.D., a specialist in applied psycholinguistics, is the author of the best-selling Gentle Art of Verbal Defense series, which now includes ten books and four audio programs. Her other books include How to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable, You Can't Say That to Me!, and The Gentle Art of Verbal Defense, which has sold nearly 1.2 million copies. She is the founder and director of the Ozark Center for Language Studies.
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Book Description Diane Pub Co, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 276 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 0756760941
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