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#361  Postby don't get me started » Dec 22, 2022 11:19 pm

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink
2. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender And Identity- And Why This Harms Everybody – Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
3. A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton
4. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language – Patricia T. O’Connor & Stewart Kellerman
5. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning - Jenefer Philip, Rebecca Adams & Noriko Iwashita
6. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
7. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World - Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzche
8. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction - Heidi Harley
9. Questions: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives Jan P. de Ruiter (Ed.)
10. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey
11. English Prepositions: Their meanings and uses - R.M.W. Dixon
12. Draußen vor der Tür - Wolfgang Borchert
13. Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication - Jeannette Liitlemore
14. Tiamat's Wrath - James S.A. Corey
15. Leviathan Falls - James S.A. Corey
16. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World - David W. Anthony
17. The Unfortunate Traveler and Other Works - Thomas Nashe
18. A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests (Studies in Language Testing, Series Number 14) - Anne Lazarton
19. Are Some Languages Better than Others? - R.M.W. Dixon.
20. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollet
21. Body Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage - Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (Ed.)
22.Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die - Steven Nadler
23. Vuelta Skelter: Riding the Remarkable 1941 Tour of Spain - Tim Moore
24. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction - David Lee
25. Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson
26. An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West - Konstantin Kisin
27. Explorations of Language Transfer - Terrence Odlin
28: A war on Two Fronts: Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Terrence Malik's The Thin Red Line- Tibe Patrick Jordan
29. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson and David Wilkins (Eds.) (Partial re-read)
30. Rethinking linguistic relativity - John J. Gumperz & Stephen C. Levinson (Eds.) Partial re-read.
31. A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom Standage
32. Cross-linguistic Study of the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Cross-linguistic Research to Examine the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Evidence from English, Mandarin and Russian - Ronan Grace
33. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology - Viveka Vellupillai
34. Mysteries of English Grammar: A guide to the complexities of the English Language - Andreea S. Calude & Laurie Bauer
35. Against a Dark Background - Iain M. Banks (Reread)
36. The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson
37. Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition - Peter Robinson & Nick C. Ellis
38. Where have all the adjectives gone? - R.M.W Dixon
39. Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon - Regina Pustet
40. Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain - Pen Vogler
41. Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies - Edward O. Wilson
42. Conceptualizations of time - Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Ed.)
42. Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich - Harald Jähner
43. Second Language Speech Fluency: From Research to Practice - Parvaneh Tavakoli & Clare Wright
44. Studies in the Organization of Conversational Interaction - Jim Schenkein (Ed).
45. The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet - Amalia E. Gnanadesikan
46. Flashman on the March - George MacDonald Fraser (reread)
47. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology Alexandra Y Aikhenvald & R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)

48. Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures - Caleb Everett (reread)

Everett begins his account of number sense in humans with the observation that whilst every human culture ever recorded has a fully functioning spoken language system, not every culture has a full number system. Many languages around the world, especially in places like Amazonia and Australia have (in the terms of our society) a quite restricted set of numbers. Something like 'one, two, three, a few, a whole bunch of.' (The Piraha language is famously described as being anumeric.)

There is a visual enumeration system that humans possess that allows us to understand 'at a glance' quantities up to about three or four. Beyond this, our ability to discern numbers of items gets approximate. Sure, we can visually differentiate between seven items and twenty, but not between seven and eight. Everett argues that the precise (up to about three) and approximate (anything above about three) visual number sense is a hardwired human trait that affects conception and is only conceptually surmountable by repeated and focused instruction during early years. Numbers (the actual concepts, in addition to the marks we make on paper to represent these concepts) are therefore a purely cultural invention that only got going after many false starts and gradually emergent sense of the possibilities.

In addition to our visual/psychological architecture regarding numbers, there is also the aspect of cognition based on embodiment. Our fingers (and often toes) provide a source domain for counting, and the preponderance of quinary, decimal and vigesimal counting systems in languages of the world demonstrates the close links between the physical configurations of our bodies and our system of numbers.

Whilst reading I had cause to reflect on my own numeracy. I am really poor at all kinds of mental arithmetic and I was wondering what might underlie this. I was helping my son do his maths homework and I realized that many of the calculations as written down are based on placement and alignment of columns and rows. My mental/visual sense does not allow this. That is, a number (say, a 'carried' 7) does not stay "in place" anywhere while I attend to another part of the calculation. It is no longer accessible to me once I start doing something else. In effect, my short term memory for numbers during a mental mathematical operation is more or less zero. Not great when you have to perform multiple back to back steps to reach an answer.

I also realized that I have a tendency to 'visualise' numbers in a kind of tally system...like the numbers of dots in arrangement on a domino or die. This is a cultural way to get beyond the visual enumeration limitation mentioned by Everett. Five dots arranged with one in each corner of a notional square and one in the middle is 'at a glance' enumerable. Five such arrangements would give 25, as long as they were arranged correctly - imagine five dice showing five arranged in the four corner, one in the middle pattern. Hey presto! I can enumerate 25 at a glance. There's no way I could enumerate 25 randomly spread dots at a glance. But of course, this only applies to certain values. I'm not sure what the 'at a glance' configuration of 17 would be.

Such thoughts really pushed home to me Everett's central point of just how strange and, at least in some sense, unnatural numbers are for humans.

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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#362  Postby don't get me started » Dec 24, 2022 1:34 pm

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink
2. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender And Identity- And Why This Harms Everybody – Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
3. A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton
4. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language – Patricia T. O’Connor & Stewart Kellerman
5. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning - Jenefer Philip, Rebecca Adams & Noriko Iwashita
6. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
7. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World - Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzche
8. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction - Heidi Harley
9. Questions: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives Jan P. de Ruiter (Ed.)
10. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey
11. English Prepositions: Their meanings and uses - R.M.W. Dixon
12. Draußen vor der Tür - Wolfgang Borchert
13. Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication - Jeannette Liitlemore
14. Tiamat's Wrath - James S.A. Corey
15. Leviathan Falls - James S.A. Corey
16. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World - David W. Anthony
17. The Unfortunate Traveler and Other Works - Thomas Nashe
18. A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests (Studies in Language Testing, Series Number 14) - Anne Lazarton
19. Are Some Languages Better than Others? - R.M.W. Dixon.
20. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollet
21. Body Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage - Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (Ed.)
22.Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die - Steven Nadler
23. Vuelta Skelter: Riding the Remarkable 1941 Tour of Spain - Tim Moore
24. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction - David Lee
25. Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson
26. An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West - Konstantin Kisin
27. Explorations of Language Transfer - Terrence Odlin
28: A war on Two Fronts: Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Terrence Malik's The Thin Red Line- Tibe Patrick Jordan
29. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson and David Wilkins (Eds.) (Partial re-read)
30. Rethinking linguistic relativity - John J. Gumperz & Stephen C. Levinson (Eds.) Partial re-read.
31. A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom Standage
32. Cross-linguistic Study of the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Cross-linguistic Research to Examine the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Evidence from English, Mandarin and Russian - Ronan Grace
33. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology - Viveka Vellupillai
34. Mysteries of English Grammar: A guide to the complexities of the English Language - Andreea S. Calude & Laurie Bauer
35. Against a Dark Background - Iain M. Banks (Reread)
36. The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson
37. Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition - Peter Robinson & Nick C. Ellis
38. Where have all the adjectives gone? - R.M.W Dixon
39. Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon - Regina Pustet
40. Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain - Pen Vogler
41. Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies - Edward O. Wilson
42. Conceptualizations of time - Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Ed.)
42. Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich - Harald Jähner
43. Second Language Speech Fluency: From Research to Practice - Parvaneh Tavakoli & Clare Wright
44. Studies in the Organization of Conversational Interaction - Jim Schenkein (Ed).
45. The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet - Amalia E. Gnanadesikan
46. Flashman on the March - George MacDonald Fraser (reread)
47. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology Alexandra Y Aikhenvald & R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
48. Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures - Caleb Everett (reread)

49. Explorations in Semantics and Pragmatics - Geoffrey N. Leech

First published in 1980, this is an interesting take on the various ways in which language can be understood. Leech discounts the wilder assertions of the generative school which, in its most extreme form focuses on the mentalistic operations of syntactic ordering and structure (and, somewhat implausibly, sees the the communicative function of language as a peripheral and largely irrelevant issue).

Rather, Leech sees the focus on truth conditional status of syntactically 'correct' utterances as a starting point. Our human language sense allows us to bring all kinds of social, cultural, interpersonal and other pragmatic factors to bear in figuring out what it is that people intend when they speak.
(In the viewpoint of conversation analysis methodology, meaning does not inhere in the form of the utterance, but is co-constructed by participants hic et nunc.)

A bit technical in parts, and also showing some signs of its age, but an interesting read nonetheless.

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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#363  Postby Blip » Dec 25, 2022 9:52 am

You've got this, don't get me started :cheers:

And season's greetings to all our readers! :hello:
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#364  Postby Evolving » Dec 25, 2022 5:37 pm

I've downloaded The Silence of the Girls, to read when I get time; thank you for the tip, Blip.

I was re-reading a translation of the Iliad last year (it never made it on to my list, however), and was struck very unfavourably by how nobody cared about Briseis or what the whole thing was like for her. Even Achilles' mum couldn't see any issue other than that he should have been allowed to keep her.

Sometimes it's very interesting to re-read things that one read as a girl (or whatever one was), and see them through adult eyes that have had the benefit of reading feminist literature.

EDIT I now remember saying something very similar on a previous version of this thread, about re-reading The Female Eunuch and noticing something that had entirely escaped me during the first, eye-opening time around, having in the meantime been sensitised to the existence of transgender people and what that requires. Ironic.
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#365  Postby Blip » Dec 27, 2022 7:53 am

First 50 here.

51. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
52. The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
53. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
54. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
55. Lessons by Ian McEwan
56. Middlemarch by George Eliot
57. A Guest at the Feast by Colm Tóibín
58. Village Christmas and Other Notes on the English Year by Laurie Lee
59. Scar Tissue by Clare Morgan
60. The Women of Troy by Pat Barker
61. Becoming by Michelle Obama
62. Cunning Folk by Adam L.G. Nevill
63. A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin

Entertaining whodunnit: a quick search reveals that I've only read one Rebus tale since joining our band here so I might read another in short order as they're fine festive fare.
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#366  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 27, 2022 4:35 pm

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50. A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh

I did it!!! :disco: :disco: :disco: :cheers: :cheers: :cheers: :drunk: :drunk: :drunk:


Congratulations! Also, A Handful of Dust is an unsettling work of genius, IMHO.


Yes it was! I was left with my mouth hanging open. I really thought there would be some Hollywood type rescue.
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#367  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 27, 2022 4:38 pm

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Hope of Heaven - John O'Hara
2. Pal Joey - John O'Hara
3. Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov
4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly
5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
6. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
8. The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
9. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle
10 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
11. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

12. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
13. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
14. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

15. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (a re-read, this time listened)
16. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Vernes (I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this!)
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (another re-read, this time listened)

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (another one I previously read and have now listened)
19. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
20. The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
21. The Forward Collection: The Last Conversation (Paul Tremblay); Emergency Skin (N.K. Jemisin); Summer Frost (Blake Crouch); Ark (Veronica Roth); Randomize (Andy Weir); You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Amor Towles)
22. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
23. Sarah - J.T. LeRoy
24. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
25. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
26. The Arabian Nights - Andrew Lang
27. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
28. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

29. The Europeans - Henry James
30. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin
31. Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories - Shirley Jackson
32. Hush Collection: Snowflakes (Ruth Ware); Treasure (Oyinkan Braithwaite); Slow Burner (Laura Lippman); Buried (Jeffrey Deaver); The Gift (Alison Gaylin); Let Her Be (Lisa Unger)
33. Rachel Ray - Anthony Trollope
34. Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
35. Summer - Edith Wharton
36. Disorder Collection: The Best Girls (Min Jin Lee); Loam (Scott Heim); Ungirls (Lauren Beukes); Anonymous (Uzodinma Iweala); The Beckoning Fair One (Dan Chaon); Will Williams (Namwali Serpell)
37. All the Lies They Did Not Tell: The True Story of Satanic Panic in an Italian Community - Pablo Trincia
38. Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley
39. A Rogue's Life - Wilkie Collins
40. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
41. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
42. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay
43 The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
44. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
45. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
46. The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
47. A Cold Dark Place - Gregg Olsen
48. Daisy Miller - Henry James
49.Washington Square - Henry James
50. A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
51. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll

I posted #50 on my Goodreads challenge page and realized I set my goal there at 52! Got one more to go, but I found a 90-pager that should do it for me.
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#368  Postby NamelessFaceless » Dec 28, 2022 12:18 am

Audiobooks in Italics

1. Hope of Heaven - John O'Hara
2. Pal Joey - John O'Hara
3. Invitation to a Beheading - Vladimir Nabokov
4. Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever - Bill O'Reilly
5. Haroun and the Sea of Stories - Salman Rushdie
6. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky
7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
8. The Innocence of Father Brown - G.K. Chesterton
9. The Lost World - Arthur Conan Doyle
10 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle
11. The Sun Also Rises - Ernest Hemingway

12. A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
13. The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoevsky
14. A Study in Scarlet - Arthur Conan Doyle

15. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert (a re-read, this time listened)
16. Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Vernes (I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed this!)
17. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte (another re-read, this time listened)

18. The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde (another one I previously read and have now listened)
19. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
20. The Greatest Show on Earth - Richard Dawkins
21. The Forward Collection: The Last Conversation (Paul Tremblay); Emergency Skin (N.K. Jemisin); Summer Frost (Blake Crouch); Ark (Veronica Roth); Randomize (Andy Weir); You Have Arrived at Your Destination (Amor Towles)
22. Beyond Good and Evil - Friedrich Nietzsche
23. Sarah - J.T. LeRoy
24. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea - Jules Verne
25. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
26. The Arabian Nights - Andrew Lang
27. The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
28. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

29. The Europeans - Henry James
30. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin
31. Shirley Jackson: Novels and Stories - Shirley Jackson
32. Hush Collection: Snowflakes (Ruth Ware); Treasure (Oyinkan Braithwaite); Slow Burner (Laura Lippman); Buried (Jeffrey Deaver); The Gift (Alison Gaylin); Let Her Be (Lisa Unger)
33. Rachel Ray - Anthony Trollope
34. Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
35. Summer - Edith Wharton
36. Disorder Collection: The Best Girls (Min Jin Lee); Loam (Scott Heim); Ungirls (Lauren Beukes); Anonymous (Uzodinma Iweala); The Beckoning Fair One (Dan Chaon); Will Williams (Namwali Serpell)
37. All the Lies They Did Not Tell: The True Story of Satanic Panic in an Italian Community - Pablo Trincia
38. Point Counter Point - Aldous Huxley
39. A Rogue's Life - Wilkie Collins
40. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie - Muriel Spark
41. A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemingway
42. A Head Full of Ghosts - Paul Tremblay
43 The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
44. Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
45. Reading Lolita in Tehran - Azar Nafisi
46. The Secret of Chimneys - Agatha Christie
47. A Cold Dark Place - Gregg Olsen
48. Daisy Miller - Henry James
49.Washington Square - Henry James
50. A Handful of Dust - Evelyn Waugh
51. Luckiest Girl Alive - Jessica Knoll
52. Mayhem in the Florida Panhandle - Richard Wood

Now I'm done! :cheers:
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#369  Postby don't get me started » Dec 29, 2022 1:08 am

Congratulations Nameless Faceless. :cheers:

(Yep, a Handful of Dust really leaves you just dumbfounded at the end)
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#370  Postby don't get me started » Dec 29, 2022 1:34 am

1. Cognitive Discourse Analysis: An introduction - Thora Tenbrink
2. Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything About Race, Gender And Identity- And Why This Harms Everybody – Helen Pluckrose and James Lindsay
3. A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton
4. Origins of the Specious: Myths and Misconceptions of the English Language – Patricia T. O’Connor & Stewart Kellerman
5. Peer Interaction and Second Language Learning - Jenefer Philip, Rebecca Adams & Noriko Iwashita
6. Eugene Onegin - Alexander Pushkin
7. Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World - Nataly Kelly & Jost Zetzche
8. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction - Heidi Harley
9. Questions: Formal, Functional and Interactional Perspectives Jan P. de Ruiter (Ed.)
10. Persepolis Rising - James S.A. Corey
11. English Prepositions: Their meanings and uses - R.M.W. Dixon
12. Draußen vor der Tür - Wolfgang Borchert
13. Metonymy: Hidden Shortcuts in Language, Thought and Communication - Jeannette Liitlemore
14. Tiamat's Wrath - James S.A. Corey
15. Leviathan Falls - James S.A. Corey
16. The Horse, the Wheel and Language: How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World - David W. Anthony
17. The Unfortunate Traveler and Other Works - Thomas Nashe
18. A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests (Studies in Language Testing, Series Number 14) - Anne Lazarton
19. Are Some Languages Better than Others? - R.M.W. Dixon.
20. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollet
21. Body Part Terms in Conceptualization and Language Usage - Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (Ed.)
22.Think Least of Death: Spinoza on How to Live and How to Die - Steven Nadler
23. Vuelta Skelter: Riding the Remarkable 1941 Tour of Spain - Tim Moore
24. Cognitive Linguistics: An Introduction - David Lee
25. Space in Language and Cognition: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson
26. An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West - Konstantin Kisin
27. Explorations of Language Transfer - Terrence Odlin
28: A war on Two Fronts: Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan and Terrence Malik's The Thin Red Line- Tibe Patrick Jordan
29. Grammars of Space: Explorations in Cognitive Diversity - Stephen C. Levinson and David Wilkins (Eds.) (Partial re-read)
30. Rethinking linguistic relativity - John J. Gumperz & Stephen C. Levinson (Eds.) Partial re-read.
31. A History of the World in 6 Glasses - Tom Standage
32. Cross-linguistic Study of the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Cross-linguistic Research to Examine the Principle of Linguistic Relativity: Evidence from English, Mandarin and Russian - Ronan Grace
33. An Introduction to Linguistic Typology - Viveka Vellupillai
34. Mysteries of English Grammar: A guide to the complexities of the English Language - Andreea S. Calude & Laurie Bauer
35. Against a Dark Background - Iain M. Banks (Reread)
36. The Linguistics Delusion - Geoffrey Sampson
37. Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition - Peter Robinson & Nick C. Ellis
38. Where have all the adjectives gone? - R.M.W Dixon
39. Copulas: Universals in the Categorization of the Lexicon - Regina Pustet
40. Scoff: A History of Food and Class in Britain - Pen Vogler
41. Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies - Edward O. Wilson
42. Conceptualizations of time - Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (Ed.)
42. Aftermath: Life in the Fallout of the Third Reich - Harald Jähner
43. Second Language Speech Fluency: From Research to Practice - Parvaneh Tavakoli & Clare Wright
44. Studies in the Organization of Conversational Interaction - Jim Schenkein (Ed).
45. The Writing Revolution: Cuneiform to the Internet - Amalia E. Gnanadesikan
46. Flashman on the March - George MacDonald Fraser (reread)
47. The Cambridge Handbook of Linguistic Typology Alexandra Y Aikhenvald & R.M.W. Dixon (Eds.)
48. Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures - Caleb Everett (reread)
49. Explorations in Semantics and Pragmatics - Geoffrey N. Leech

50. The Expression of Time - Wolfgang Klein and Ping Li (Eds.)

278 pp.

Another collection of chapters by different authors. Some of them were a struggle but persistence was rewarded, while some of them were simply beyond me and I had to fast forward past all of the equations and illustrations using formal logic symbols. Still, I read enough to qualify the book as being read.

Time is a slippery concept for humans and our linguistic means of encoding time and temporality are likewise a bit of a hodge-podge.
" We do bot talk about what is the case in reality but about the way in which languages grasp and encode reality in lexical contexts." (p.61)

There was a lot to take in here, from the overview of time in philosophy, language, culture and so on. It might come as a surprise to some, but tense as we usually understand it from an English viewpoint, is absent in some languages and notions of temporality in languages like Yucatec Maya is expressed by a variety of other means.

(The author of that chapter notes that things which are central to some languages - things like singular/plural distinctions, definite/indefinite noun marking, noun gender and so on are entirely optional in other languages and if expressed are done by all kinds of other means. English gets by fine without noun gender, Japanese gets by fine without words for 'the' and 'a'. Yucatec Maya gets by fine without tense marking on verbs.)

A tough read to round out the year, but hey, if you don't challenge yourself, you never learn anything new, right?

Well, that's me done. Thanks for reading (anyone who has indulged me) and I hope that my write ups have not been too burdensome. It has been a fairly good year, reading-wise. I'm considering recusing myself from the challenge next year. I'm working on a project that will best be served by close and repeated readings of chapters and sections of certain books rather than cover to cover journeys.

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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#371  Postby Blip » Dec 29, 2022 9:06 am

Congratulations, don't get me started. :cheers:

While I'm sure I speak for all of us when I say that we understand about the project, it would be a shame not to see you at all on the 2023 thread...
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#372  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 30, 2022 3:56 am

1. the long take - robin robertson - 8/10
2. the gatekeeper - russ kane - 5/10
3. dr potter's medicine show - eric scott fischl - 8/10
4. just one damn thing after another - jodi taylor - 8/10 -
5. trinity - louisa hall - 8/10
6. the night ocean - paul la farge - 9/10
7. washington black - esi edugyan - 8/10
8. the monsters of templeton - lauren groff - 8/10
9. hystopia - david means - 6/10
10. the bones of avalon ( dr dee #1) - phil rickman - 9/10
11. in a cottage in the woods - cass green - 7/10
12. the devil's larder - jim crace - 7/10 -
13. where the crawdads sing - delia owen - 9/10
14. the book of m - peng shepherd - 8/10
15 - woman in the window - aj finn - 6/10
16 - cunning folk - adam nevill - 10/10
17. the english monster - lloyd shepherd - 7/10
18. winterset hollow - jonathan durham - 8/10
19.the vessel - adam nevill - 9/10
20. the watchers - a m shine - 8/10
21. keeper of enchanted rooms - charlie holmburgh
22. the creeper - a m shine - 9/10
23. echoes of home - m l rayner - 6/10
24. house at phantom park - graham masterton - 7/10
25. don't leave - pru heathcote - 7/10
26. sing me to sleep - c r simms - 7/10
27. the house on rectory lane- some bloke - 5/10
28. wildacre - shani struthers - 5/10
29 - killing the beasts - chris simms - 8/10 - not much of a thriller/procedural reader, but i liked this chap's other book so giving these a punt...well written

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#373  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 30, 2022 3:57 am

now to see if i can crack 30 by new year....considering i thought 20 would be a push, im happy either way
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#374  Postby UncertainSloth » Dec 30, 2022 1:40 pm

and....

30. h h holmes - mike rothmiller - 6/10 - very factual and concise - more about his financial dealings and cadaver sourcing than the murder hotel...the story fascinates me, i have an interest in buildings that reflect a person's psyche, the winchester house being another one
i'd like to read the bloch book, but can't find it anywhere atm

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#375  Postby Kaleid » Dec 30, 2022 7:27 pm

1. The Five - Hallie Rubenhold
2. The Time Traveller's Guide to Regency Britain - Ian Mortimer
3. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
4. The Golden Strangers - Henry Treece
5. White - Marie Darrieussecq
6. Villette - Charlotte Brontë
7. The Dark Island - Henry Treece
8. Fat Chance - Simon Gray
9. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker - Tobias Smollett
10. Red Queen, White Queen - Henry Treece
11. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
12. The Master and Margarita - Mikhail Bulgakov
13. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro (re-read)
14. The Great Captains - Henry Treece
15. Les Liaisons Dangereuses - Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

16. Against Nature/À rebours - Joris-Karl Huysmans

I heard about this through The Picture of Dorian Gray, as it was said to be the book that influenced him. Perhaps a book purely about one person's tastes and sensuality could be interesting without needing a plot, but when they're rather unlikeable, as Jean Des Esseintes is, it makes for a hard read. I found myself rather more interested in tracking down some of the esoteric references; some people find this a chore, but I enjoy it.

Nowhere near my target this time, but considering the packed year I've had, sixteen was perhaps better than I could have expected. The highpoint was discovering the wonderful Master and Margarita; plus, finishing Tolstoy's epic is one massive TICK on the bucket list. I've also enjoyed reading others' lists here, some books I've made a note of to read in future that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise. A very happy New Year to everyone on the thread! :cheers:
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Re: The Book Thread 2022

#376  Postby Blip » Dec 31, 2022 9:21 am

First 50 here.

51. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
52. The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn
53. Shrines of Gaiety by Kate Atkinson
54. Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
55. Lessons by Ian McEwan
56. Middlemarch by George Eliot
57. A Guest at the Feast by Colm Tóibín
58. Village Christmas and Other Notes on the English Year by Laurie Lee
59. Scar Tissue by Clare Morgan
60. The Women of Troy by Pat Barker
61. Becoming by Michelle Obama
62. Cunning Folk by Adam L.G. Nevill
63. A Question of Blood by Ian Rankin
64. Fleshmarket Close by Ian Rankin

This is interesting in that it rises above the genre to deliver social comment reminiscent of Dickens in its force. Rankin's targets here are racism and xenophobia alongside exploitation of would-be immigrants and of women; his anger is palpable. Much more than a whodunnit.
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