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2. ‘Homo loquens’

2. ‘Homo loquens’  

P. H. Matthews

in Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Apr 2003
Published Online: 
Sep 2013
eISBN: 
9780191775321
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780192801487.003.0002
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780192801487
‘Homo loquens’ argues that no other aspect of behaviour is as distinctively human as speech. Language has evolved as primarily vocal, though closely integrated with non-vocal behaviour. It ... More
1. What is English?

1. What is English?  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0001
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198709251
Over 1 billion people speak English either as their first or second language. Are all these people speaking the same language, or are we witnessing the emergence of new Englishes? English ... More
2. Origins

2. Origins  

Simon Horobin

in The English Language: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Jan 2018
Published Online: 
Jan 2018
eISBN: 
9780191785443
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198709251.003.0002
Item type: 
chapter
ISBN: 
9780198709251
Where does the English language come from? While English is distantly related to both Latin and French, it is principally a Germanic language. ‘Origins’ provides a brief history of the ... More
6. The components of slang

6. The components of slang  

Jonathon Green

in Slang: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
Feb 2016
Published Online: 
Feb 2016
eISBN: 
9780191796418
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198729532.003.0006
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198729532
‘The components of slang’ outlines the forms and etymological roots of slang and considers how the terms are validated. Slang offers no forms unique to itself. It borrows much of its lexis ... More
8. Lingua franca, hybrids, and constructed languages

8. Lingua franca, hybrids, and constructed languages  

John C. Maher

in Multilingualism: A Very Short Introduction

Print Publication Year: 
May 2017
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May 2017
eISBN: 
9780191792465
DOI: 
10.1093/actrade/9780198724995.003.0008
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chapter
ISBN: 
9780198724995
‘Lingua franca, hybrids, and constructed languages’ explains that multilingualism is not a modern phenomenon. Throughout history, as languages come into contact with each other, people have ... More

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