Language and Reality presents selected writings of Professor Sydney M. Lamb, including six new works and several which have been re-written for publication here. Professor Lamb's work in linguistics over the past four decades has been concerned with exposing illusions about language and with finding realities behind the linguistic abstractions that others have dwelt upon. Although he is a leading figure in linguistic science, many of the papers included here are far from well known, some of them unavailable to the wider linguistic community. The book includes papers offering insight into the man behind this pioneering approach to doing linguistics that might best be summed up as 'linguistics to the beat of a different drummer'. It explores the theoretical origins of Lamb's ideas about language that have often been described as ahead of their time and includes more recent writings outlining work done in Neurocognitive Linguistics.
Table of Contents
Part I. The Road Less Travelled By; Part II. The Structure of Language; Part III. Neurocognitive Linguistics; Part IV. Language in the Real World; Glossary of Technical Terms Part I: The Road Less Travelled By; 1. Linguistics to the Beat of a Different Drummer; 2. On the Aims of Linguistics; 3. Mary Haas: Lessons in and out of the Classroom; 4. Translation and the Structure of Language; Part II: The Structure of Language; 5. Epilegomena to a Theory of Language; 6. Lexicology and Semantics; 7. Some Types of Ordering; 8. Language as a Network of Relationships; 9. Mutations and Relations; 10. Descriptive Process; 11. Using Language and Knowing How; Part III: Neurocognitive Linguistics; 12. Language as a Real Biological System; 13. Neurocognitive Structure in the Interplay of Language and Thought; 14. Interpreting Discourse; 15. Learning Syntax: A Neurocognitive Approach; 16. Dimensions of the Territory of Neurolinguistics; 17. Questions of Evidence in Neurocognitive Linguistics; 18. On the Perception of Speech; Part IV: Language in the Real World; 19. Linguistic Diversification and Extinction in North America; 20. Language and Animals. 21. Long-Range Relationships; 22. What is a Language? 23. Linguistics, Semiotics, and the Human Information System; 24. Viewing Language Broadly; 25. Re-examining the Family Tree Theory of Linguistic Classification; 26. Objects of Study in Linguistics; 27. Meaning in Language and Meaning in Music; 28. Philosophical Differences and Cognitive Styles
Sydney Lamb is Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at Rice University in Texas, USA. Jonathan Webster is Acting Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong.