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Words on the Move

Words on the Move

Why English Won't - and Can't - Sit Still (Like, Literally)

  • Author: John McWhorter
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
  • ISBN: 1627794735
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 288
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A bestselling linguist takes us on a lively tour of how the English language is evolving before our eyes -- and why we should embrace this transformation and not fight it Language is always changing -- but we tend not to like it. We understand that new words must be created for new things, but the way English is spoken today rubs many of us the wrong way. Whether it’s the use of literally to mean “figuratively” rather than “by the letter,” or the way young people use LOL and like, or business jargon like What’s the ask? -- it often seems as if the language is deteriorating before our eyes. But the truth is different and a lot less scary, as John McWhorter shows in this delightful and eye-opening exploration of how English has always been in motion and continues to evolve today. Drawing examples from everyday life and employing a generous helping of humor, he shows that these shifts are a natural process common to all languages, and that we should embrace and appreciate these changes, not condemn them. Words on the Move opens our eyes to the surprising backstories to the words and expressions we use every day. Did you know that silly once meant “blessed”? Or that ought was the original past tense of owe? Or that the suffix -ly in adverbs is actually a remnant of the word like? And have you ever wondered why some people from New Orleans sound as if they come from Brooklyn? McWhorter encourages us to marvel at the dynamism and resilience of the English language, and his book offers a lively journey through which we discover that words are ever on the move and our lives are all the richer for it.

Database Systems for Advanced Applications

Database Systems for Advanced Applications

11th International Conference, DASFAA 2006, Singapore, April 12-15, 2006, Proceedings

  • Author: Kian Lee Tan,Vilas Wuwongse
  • Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
  • ISBN: 3540333371
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 923
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This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Database Systems for Advanced Applications, DASFAA 2006, held in Singapore in April 2006. 46 revised full papers and 16 revised short papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 188 submissions. Topics include sensor networks, subsequence matching and repeating patterns, spatial-temporal databases, data mining, XML compression and indexing, xpath query evaluation, uncertainty and streams, peer-to-peer and distributed networks and more.

Spanish Words on the Road

Spanish Words on the Road

  • Author: Julia Salazar
  • Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 1482403668
  • Category: FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY
  • Page: 24
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Spanish is especially fun to learn on vacation. Readers are invited to hit the road in this introduction to some key Spanish vocabulary. They'll see a motocicleta (motorcycle), a lago (lake), and a venado (deer) on the way to their destination. Pronunciations, word keys, and labeled photographs add support for the accessible text. Readers will be practicing Spanish whenever they're on the road.

Words at the Threshold

Words at the Threshold

What We Say as We're Nearing Death

  • Author: Lisa Smartt
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • ISBN: 1608684601
  • Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Page: 208
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What Our Last Words Reveal About Life, Death, and the Afterlife A person’s end-of-life words often take on an eerie significance, giving tantalizing clues about the ultimate fate of the human soul. Until now, however, no author has systematically studied end-of-life communication by using examples from ordinary people. When her father became terminally ill with cancer, author Lisa Smartt began transcribing his conversations and noticed that his personality underwent inexplicable changes. Smartt’s father, once a skeptical man with a secular worldview, developed a deeply spiritual outlook in his final days — a change reflected in his language. Baffled and intrigued, Smartt began to investigate what other people have said while nearing death, collecting more than one hundred case studies through interviews and transcripts. In this groundbreaking and insightful book, Smartt shows how the language of the dying can point the way to a transcendent world beyond our own.

On the Move

On the Move

The Mobility of Constituents in the English Noun Phrase : a Multi-method Approach

  • Author: Inge de Mönnink
  • Publisher: Rodopi
  • ISBN: 9789042007802
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 188
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This book should be seen mainly as a contribution to the long-standing tradition of English descriptive linguistics. It gives a complete account of the nature and frequency of possible noun phrase (NP) structures in contemporary British English, including the ones that deviate from the prototypical description we find in handbooks of English. The book focuses on those NPs which are characterized by the fact that one or more of the constituents is not in its prototypical position, but has moved. The detailed description of variant NPs is obtained through the careful combination of corpus data and experimental data. The book addresses the question how corpus data can be combined with intuitive data and offers a practical approach to the task: the multi-method approach. In this approach, corpus data are combined with intuitive data obtained from native speakers in an elicitation experiment.

Empire of Words

Empire of Words

The Reign of the OED

  • Author: John Willinsky
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • ISBN: 9781400821358
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 264
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What is the meaning of a word? Most readers turn to the dictionary for authoritative meanings and correct usage. But what is the source of authority in dictionaries? Some dictionaries employ panels of experts to fix meaning and prescribe usage, others rely on derivation through etymology. But perhaps no other dictionary has done more to standardize the English language than the formidable twenty-volume Oxford English Dictionary in its 1989 second edition. Yet this most Victorian of modern dictionaries derives its meaning by citing the earliest known usage of words and by demonstrating shades of meaning through an awesome database of over five million examples of usage in context. In this fascinating study, John Willinsky challenges the authority of this imperial dictionary, revealing many of its inherent prejudices and questioning the assumptions of its ongoing revision. "Clearly, the OED is no simple record of the language `as she is spoke,'" Willinsky writes. "It is a selective representation reflecting certain elusive ideas about the nature of the English language and people. Empire of Words reveals, by statistic and table, incident and anecdote, how serendipitous, judgmental, and telling a task editing a dictionary such as the OED can be." Willinsky analyzes the favored citation records from the three editorial periods of the OED's compilation: the Victorian, imperial first edition; the modern supplement; and the contemporary second edition composed on an electronic database. He reveals shifts in linguistic authority: the original edition relied on English literature and, surprisingly, on translations, reference works, and journalism; the modern editions have shifted emphasis to American sources and periodicals while continuing to neglect women, workers, and other English-speaking countries. Willinsky's dissection of dictionary entries exposes contradictions and ambiguities in the move from citation to definition. He points out that Shakespeare, the most frequently cited authority in the OED, often confounds the dictionary's simple sense of meaning with his wit and artfulness. He shows us how the most famous four-letter words in the language found their way through a belabored editorial process, sweating and grunting, into the supplement to the OED. Willinsky sheds considerable light on how the OED continues to shape the English language through the sometimes idiosyncratic, often biased selection of citations by hired readers and impassioned friends of the language. Anyone who is fascinated with words and language will find Willinsky's tour through the OED a delightful and stimulating experience. No one who reads this book will ever feel quite the same about Murray's web of words.

Aural Design and Coherence in the Prologue of First John

Aural Design and Coherence in the Prologue of First John

  • Author: Jeffrey E. Brickle
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
  • ISBN: 0567554716
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 176
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Unlike literature in the modern western world, ancient documents were typically crafted for the ear rather than the eye. This new investigation of the structure of 1 John's Prologue analyzes the oral patterning and resulting soundscape reflected in this key New Testament passage. After discussing contemporary techniques of sound analysis and establishing the study's methodological approach, Brickle examines the Prologue's aural profile. Here we begin to explore, describe, and depict graphically the patterns of sound that emerge as the text is read aloud. Brickle uses the approaches to Greek pronunciation and orality advocated in the recent New Testament research to determine the impact on the Prologue's soundscape, followed by an analysis employing the principles for beautiful and effective composition elucidated by the ancient teacher of rhetoric, Dionysius of Halicarnassus, in his treatise, On Literary Composition. A final section draws together the results and implications of the study before suggesting further ways to apply research in orality, performance, and memory to the Prologue and other ancient texts.

A Body of Writing, 1990-1999

A Body of Writing, 1990-1999

  • Author: Bronwyn Davies
  • Publisher: AltaMira Press
  • ISBN: 1461705932
  • Category: Education
  • Page: 192
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Weaving together her most influential writings of the 1990s, Bronwyn Davies offers a unique engagement with poststructuralism that defies the boundaries between theory and embodied practice. Whereas poststructuralists are often accused of excessive abstraction, Davies' sophisticated and nuanced discussions of subjectivity, agency, epistemology, feminism, and power are embedded in vital depictions of lived experience and empirical research. A renowned scholar of education and gender formation, Davies shows the importance of poststructural perspectives for her own research in classrooms, on playgrounds, with literary texts, and her own life history. Lucid prose—accessible for students and refreshing for researchers and theorists alike—makes postructural concepts usable as conceptual frameworks for interpreting and analyzing the social world.

Words on Words

Words on Words

Quotations about Language and Languages

  • Author: David Crystal,Hilary Crystal
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226122014
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 580
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From Homer ("winged words") to Robert Burns ("Beware a tongue that's smoothly hung") to Rudyard Kipling ("Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"), writers from all over the world have put pen to paper on the inexhaustible topic of language. Yet surprisingly, their writings on the subject have never been gathered in a single volume. In Words on Words, David and Hilary Crystal have collected nearly 5,000 quotations about language and all its intriguing aspects: speaking, reading, writing, translation, verbosity, usage, slang, and more. As the stock-in-trade of so many professions—orators, media personalities, writers, and countless others—language's appeal as a subject is extraordinarily relevant and wide-ranging. The quotations are grouped thematically under 65 different headings, from "The Nature of Language" through the "Language of Politics" to "Quoting and Misquoting." This arrangement enables the reader to explore a topic through a variety of lenses, ancient and modern, domestic and foreign, scientific and casual, ironic and playful. Three thorough indexes—to authors, sources, and key words—provide different entry points into the collection. A valuable resource for professional writers and scholars, Words on Words is for anyone who loves language and all things linguistic.

Advanced Systems Design with Java, UML and MDA

Advanced Systems Design with Java, UML and MDA

  • Author: Kevin Lano
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • ISBN: 9780080456911
  • Category: Computers
  • Page: 416
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The Model Driven Architecture defines an approach where the specification of the functionality of a system can be separated from its implementation on a particular technology platform. The idea being that the architecture will be able to easily be adapted for different situations, whether they be legacy systems, different languages or yet to be invented platforms. MDA is therefore, a significant evolution of the object-oriented approach to system development. Advanced System Design with Java, UML and MDA describes the factors involved in designing and constructing large systems, illustrating the design process through a series of examples, including a Scrabble player, a jukebox using web streaming, a security system, and others. The book first considers the challenges of software design, before introducing the Unified Modelling Language and Object Constraint Language. The book then moves on to discuss systems design as a whole, covering internet systems design, web services, Flash, XML, XSLT, SOAP, Servlets, Javascript and JSP. In the final section of the book, the concepts and terminology of the Model Driven Architecture are discussed. To get the most from this book, readers will need introductory knowledge of software engineering, programming in Java and basic knowledge of HTML. * Examines issues raised by the Model-Driven Architecture approach to development * Uses easy to grasp case studies to illustrate complex concepts * Focused on the internet applications and technologies that are essential for students in the online age