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While this book does contain some decent pieces of information about the subject, it's not nearly enough to be worth two credits. I got it as an impulse buy, but ended up with a mess of a book citing some calculations and some "interviews" the author supposedly had with mystics and taxi drivers during his travels.
Entertaining? Yes. Educational? No.
This is a course that explained how languages are divided into multiple families, and how they evolve over time. It is as much a history course as it is a linguistics course. It looks at how languages are born, change, merge, and die away. It dedicates a large chunk of its time on dialects and explains their relation to the "proper" version of their language. It is a very rich course, possibly one of the best value courses I've come across. Here's a list of the lectures in this course:
1 What Is Language?
2 When Language Began
3 How Language Changes—Sound Change
4 How Language Changes—Building New Material
5 How Language Changes—Meaning and Order
6 How Language Changes—Many Directions
7 How Language Changes—Modern English
8 Language Families—Indo-European
9 Language Families—Tracing Indo-European
10 Language Families—Diversity of Structures
11 Language Families—Clues to the Past
12 The Case Against the World’s First Language
13 The Case For the World’s First Language
14 Dialects—Subspecies of Species
15 Dialects—Where Do You Draw the Line?
16 Dialects—Two Tongues in One Mouth
17 Dialects—The Standard as Token of the Past
18 Dialects—Spoken Style, Written Style
19 Dialects—The Fallacy of Blackboard Grammar
20 Language Mixture—Words
21 Language Mixture—Grammar
22 Language Mixture—Language Areas
23 Language Develops Beyond the Call of Duty
24 Language Interrupted
25 A New Perspective on the Story of English
26 Does Culture Drive Language Change?
27 Language Starts Over—Pidgins
28 Language Starts Over—Creoles I
29 Language Starts Over—Creoles II
30 Language Starts Over—Signs of the New
31 Language Starts Over—The Creole Continuum
32 What Is Black English?
33 Language Death—The Problem
34 Language Death—Prognosis
35 Artificial Languages
36 Finale—Master Class
This is a unique piece of work: A work that analyses religion on its own terms, using philosophy to explain the strengths and weaknesses of each general argument without trying to spoon feed you what to accept and what to reject. Listen, think and make your own conclusion.
This is my first book by Professor Ken Albala, but it would seem better if this was brought in video format. Lectures are noticeably being paused prepare food by blending, chopping, shaking etc.
It's not too much to discourage me from listening to the whole course, but enough to be occasionally bothersome.
The lectures about modern fast food, genetic engineering and the standardisation of dietary requirements.
Keep a note pad nearby. You're going to get a flurry of dishes from all over the world that you're going to want to seek out and try. Just don't bother too much with finding authentic cuisine restaurants. They're overrated, and this course touches on why.
This is a catalog showcasing how horribly bad dating can go, and although I don't usually listen to this kind of stuff I found it hard to put down.
This is a behind the scenes look at the people handling the creative process of some of the best shows of the first decade of the 21st century. Basically what you'd love to see in bonus content if you get those shows on DVD.
This course points out charts the professor was displaying on a white board or a projector, which lost me after 3 lectures.
Interesting topic, not so good presentation.
The best answer to all those unrealistic romances you've read: Messed up in all the right ways.
I don't know how this ended up in my library, maybe it's a gift or something. I don't care about Beyonce, and the narrator should be hired to torture prisoners in Guantanamo Bay by narrating random stuff to them all day.
This is supposed to be a comical view of English (British) culture for Americans who have little to no understanding of the universe beyond the American borders.
There are many resources that examine Chinese history and Chinese civilization, but this is one of the rare resources that cover China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam and the other nations and civilizations of Central Asia.
Everything from great leaders, philosophies, economics, religions and their influences from and to other parts of the world and among themselves. It is a deep, rich course leaving you wanting more.
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