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  • BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages. by Bickerton, Derek.
    Bickerton, Derek.
    BASTARD TONGUES: A Trail-Blazing Linguist Finds Clues to Our Common Humanity in the World's Lowliest Languages.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Hill & Wang, (2008.) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "focuses on languages so low in the pecking order that many people don't regard them as languages at all - Creole languages spoken by descendants of slaves and indentured laborers in plantation colonies all over the world. . . Bickerton has spent more than thirty years researching these languages on four continents and developing a controversial theory that explains why they are so similar to one another. . . a unique blend of memoir, travelogue, history, and linguistics primer." Double page map, glossary, index. suggested reading. 270 pp. ISBN: 0-8090-28174.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 56321
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  • THE WHITE LANTERN. by Connell, Evan S.
    Connell, Evan S.
    THE WHITE LANTERN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1980) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Studies of "man's infinite desire for knowledge" from anthropology to astronomy, linguistics, and the race to the South Pole. SIGNED on the title page, and uncommon thus. Bibliography. 286 pp. ISBN: 0-03-0461561.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 60559
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  • EARLY KINGDOMS IN MADAGASCAR 1500-1700. by Kent, Raymond K.
    Kent, Raymond K.
    EARLY KINGDOMS IN MADAGASCAR 1500-1700.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1970) dj. Hardcover first edition - Based on detailed research into the precolonial history of Madagascar in an attempt to provide a more balanced answer to the questions of how the early kingdoms formed, their growth, and why did they change. He discovered that African influences -versus those from Asia - were more significant than previously thought. Illustrated with black and white photographs and 12 maps. xvi, 336 pp. ISBN: 0-030841712.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket. (sunning to spine and upper edge of dj.)

    Book ID: 47215
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  • Martin, Russell.
    OUT OF SILENCE. A Journey into Language.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Henry Holt, 1994. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fascinating, and highly praised, story of a little boy trapped in silence and struggling to regain language. Dustjacket praise from Richard Selzer and Ivan Doig. ISBN: 0-8050-19987.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 4761
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  • Martin, Russell.
    OUT OF SILENCE. A Journey into Language.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York: Henry Holt, 1994. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Fascinating, and highly praised, story of a little boy trapped in silence and struggling to regain language. Dustjacket praise from Richard Selzer and Ivan Doig. ISBN: 0-8050-19987.

    Condition: SIGNED by the author on the half title page. Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 29017
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  • THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR. by Newman, Sandra.
    Newman, Sandra.
    THE COUNTRY OF ICE CREAM STAR.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Ecco Press / Harper Collins, (2015). First edition - "In the ruins of a future America, fifteen-year-old Ice Cream Star and her people survive by scavenging in the detritus of an abandoned civilization. Theirs is a world of children - by the time they reach twenty, each of them will die from a disease they call posies. When her brother sickens, Ice Cream sets out on the trail of a cure, led by a stranger. a captured prisoner who becomes her protector." 629 pp.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 63477
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  • WORDS AND RULES: The Ingredients Of Language. by Pinker, Steven.
    Pinker, Steven.
    WORDS AND RULES: The Ingredients Of Language.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Basic Books (Perseus), 1999. Hardcover first edition - A book which "explores a single linguistic phenomenon - the use of irregular verbs - from the vantage points of psychology, biology, history, philosophy, linguistics, and child development. . As the stories unfold, the reader is immersed in the evolution of the English language over the centuries, the theories of Noam Chomsky and his critics, the simulation of neural networks on computers, the illuminating errors of children as they begin to speak, the tragic loss of language from neurological disease, and more." Illustrated with tables and cartoons. Glossary, references, index. xi, 348 pp. ISBN: 0-465072690.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75694
    Keywords: Linguistics
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  • THE LANGUAGES OF FIJI. by Schutz, Albert J., (Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii.)
    Schutz, Albert J., (Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii.)
    THE LANGUAGES OF FIJI.

    Edition: First printing.

    Oxford: At the Clarendon Press, 1972. Hardcover first edition - Frontispiece of Rev. David Cargill. Illustrated. Maps. Bibliography. Index.xii, 120 pp. ISBN: 0-19-8151365.

    Condition: Very good overall in dark blue cloth with rubbing to the spine, lacking the dj (prev owner's name,) Uncommon,

    Book ID: 47956
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  • ELOQUENCE IN TROUBLE: The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh. by Wilce, James M.
    Wilce, James M.
    ELOQUENCE IN TROUBLE: The Poetics and Politics of Complaint in Rural Bangladesh.

    Edition: First edition.

    New York & Oxford: Oxford University Press, (1998). Hardcover first edition - "The first ethnography of one of the most spoken mother tongues on earth, Bangla, this study represents a new approach to troubles talk, combining the rigor of discourse analysis with the interpretive depth of psychological anthropology." A title in the Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics series. Photographs, list of key characters, notes, references, index and glossary. xix, 300 pp. ISBN: 0-195106873.

    Condition: Fine (a new copy) in light tan boards with silver lettering, no dust jacket as issued.

    Book ID: 72781
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