Posted: Dec 29, 2022 1:34 am
by don't get me started
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.

Cheers :cheers: