The 5 Minute Linguist: Bite-Sized Essays on Language and Languages 2nd Edition

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Praise for the first edition: 'What a gift to those who love language and those who are simply curious about it. Leading experts each tackle an intriguing question, and explain it in straightforward, delightful prose. Read it from cover to cover or keep it by your bed to dip into for endless fascination.' --Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, and author of You Just Don't Understand

'This is a marvelous collection of informative, provocative and stimulating essays. The topics that were selected are both timely, and timeless, and the essays are sure to pique the curiosity of a broad range of readers. The material is accessible and the suggestions for further reading are wonderful pointers to additional exploration. This collection certainly has my five-star recommendation.' --G. Richard Tucker, Paul Mellon University Professor of Applied Linguistics, Carnegie Mellon University

'Book and Web site are excellent supplements for introduction to linguistics courses, recommended for language majors, and attractive to language afficionados and mavens. Essential.' --Choice

'An excellent, very accessible, and extremely easy- and fun-to-read introduction to some of the basic questions (and misconceptions) regarding language, language learning, and linguistics. The book clearly meets the editors intended goals; with each essay, the reader is engaged in a five-minute, light and informal conversation about the passionate topic of language.' --Linguist List 23.4805, November 2012

'Book and Web site are excellent supplements for introduction to linguistics courses, recommended for language majors, and attractive to language afficionados and mavens. Essential.' --Choice

About the Author

E. M. Rickerson has a Ph.D from the University of California at Berkeley and is Director Emeritus of the award-winning language program at the College of Charleston (S.C.). Formerly a language program director in the U.S. government, he now consults on the development and improvement of language programs at the university level. In 2005 Dr. Rickerson created a radio series on languages ('Talkin About Talk' ), which was broadcast on public and college radio stations -- and on which The 5 Minute Linguist was based.

Barry Hilton is a freelance writer/editor and independent scholar living in Maine. He was a member of the editorial board that reviewed the radio scripts on which The 5 Minute Linguist was based. He has travelled and lived in both Europe and Asia, making professional use of Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, French, and German in a variety of jobs. He describes himself as an 'armchair philologist and recovering polyglot'.


Product details

  • Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
  • Paperback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9781908049490
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1908049490
  • Publisher : Equinox Publishing; 2nd Edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : 1908049499
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 28 ratings
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