2009 University Press Books
Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries
One Thousand Languages: Living, Endangered, and Lost
288 pp., 8” x 10”, 100 color illus., 60 color maps, glossary, index, $29.95 cloth, CIP included
University of California Press
There are more than six thousand languages used today, although linguists estimate that by 2050, as many as half will be extinct. Austin takes us on a panoramic tour of the globe to explore this unique and endangered human gift. Generously illustrated with color photographs, informative sidebars, and clear maps and graphics, One Thousand Languages illuminates the sources, characteristics, and interrelationships of the world’s spoken tongues. It also provides information on many extinct languages. A detailed map section tracks the migrations of the major languages, and the book tells how to count to ten in more than 250 ways.
LC 2008006958, ISBN 978-0-520-25560-9 (c.)
AASL: G/MS, HS
Brave New Digital Classroom: Technology and Foreign Language Learning
208 pp., 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”, bibliog., index, $24.95 paper, CIP included
Georgetown University Press
Brave New Digital Classroom deftly interweaves results of pedagogical research and descriptions of the most successful computer-assisted language learning (CALL) projects to explore how technology can best be employed in the foreign-language curriculum to assist the second language acquisition process. An invaluable reference for experienced researchers and CALL developers as well as those of limited experience, Brave New Digital Classroom is also ideal for graduate-level courses on second language pedagogy. It will also be of interest to department chairs and administrators seeking to develop and evaluate their own CALL programs.
LC 2007052149, ISBN 978-1-58901-212-7 (p.)
Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus, 2nd Edition
1,128 pp., 7” x 10”, $40.00 cloth,
Oxford University Press
This new edition of the Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus is more exceptional than ever, solidifying its place as the one thesaurus every writer (or aspiring writer) will want to have. It provides more than 300,000 synonyms and 10,000 antonyms, with copious real-life example sentences and careful selection and ordering of the most relevant synonyms. Additional features include notes on American English usage and word spectrums showing the shades of meaning between polar opposites. The text is enhanced with thoughtful mini-essays on favorite words by noted contemporary writers
LC 2008031259, ISBN 978-0-19534284-0 (c.)
AASL: G/MS, HS
Varieties of Spanish in the United States
320 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $29.95 paper, CIP included
Georgetown University Press
Varieties of Spanish in the United States provides useful descriptions of the distinguishing characteristics of the major varieties, from Cuban and Puerto Rican, through Mexican and various Central American strains, to the traditional varieties dating back to the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries found in New Mexico and Louisiana. Each profile includes a concise sketch of the historical background of each Spanish-speaking group; current demographic information; sociolinguistic configurations; and information about phonetics, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and each group’s interactions with English and other varieties of Spanish. Lipski also outlines the scholarship that documents the variation and richness of these varieties.
LC 2008000084, ISBN 978-1-58901-213-4 (p.)
British Classics Outside England: The Academy and Beyond
230 pp., 6” x 9”, bibliog., index, $39.95 cloth, CIP included
Baylor University Press
British Classics Outside England examines the role of classics on both sides of the Atlantic. This work explores the study of Greco-Roman antiquity during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, inside the academy as specialized scholarship and teaching, as well as outside the academy as a mode of social and cultural formation. Insightfully these authors demonstrate how elements of the British classical tradition permeated England’s culture and then detail how the study of the classics in other lands, such as Scotland, Wales, and America, ensured that English values became manifest in foreign cultures.
LC 2008011911, ISBN 978-1-602580-12-1 (c.)