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Exploring Language, 8th Edition, collects 84 selections in nine chapters to focus on some provocative aspects of American culture as they are revealed by language. Among the timely topics: the media and bias, computers and writing, black English, gender differences, "warspeak," advertising (as manipulation or art?), political double talk, and bilingualism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking and Reading Critically
What Is Critical Thinking?
Why Read Critically
How to Read Critically
Critical Reading in Action--Sample Essay for Analysis
The Selling of Rebellion
Logical Fallacies--What They Are and How to Avoid Them
Exploring the Language of Visuals
Some Useful URLs on Writing and Language
Beginnings: Moving from Silence into Language
Language and Thought
A Brief History of English
The Story of Writing
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Sign Language
Personal Recollections: Coming into Language
A Word for Everything
The Language of Silence
Case Study: Women Breaking Silences--A Historical Survey
Seneca Falls Declaration
Aren't I a Woman?
Women Compelled to Prove Themselves
Professions for Women
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Rosie the Riveter
Claiming an Education
Exploring the Language of Visuals: The Guerrilla Girls
Writers Writing: Words in Contexts
The Writing Process
Writing for an Audience
The Maker's Eye: Revising Your Own Manuscript
Finding the Right Words
How to Write with Style
Why "Techies" Need to Know How to Write
Language and the Internet
The Other Side of E-Mail
Internet Changes Language for:-) and :-(
The Internet ... Good News or Bad Language
Identity and Self Online
The Virtual Community
Can a Body Meet a Body Coming Through the Wire?
Identity in the Age of the Internet
The Language of Humor: What Makes Us Laugh
Chris Rock: Seriously Funny
In Answer to the Question: Have You Ever Considered Suicide?
Excerpt from The LA LA Awards
Case Study: Cartoons and Comic Strips
What Is a Cartoon?
Defiantly Incorrect: The Humor of John Callahan
Editorial Cartoonist--An Endangered Species?
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Sample Cartoons
Political Word Play
How to Detect Propaganda
Politics and the English Language
Doubts About Doublespeak
Changing the Language of Sex Crimes Against Children
Case Study: GunSpeak--Political Pundits and the Public on Youth Violence in America
Political Pundits Speak Out
The Erosion of Empathy
An Issue Beyond Ideology
Missing the Mark
Behind the School Shooting
Stop Blaming Kids and TV
The Public Speaks Out
Lessons of Littleton
Not Gun Shy
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Anti-Gun Protest
The Language of Mass Media and Advertising
The Language of Mass Media
Yadda, Yadda, Yadda
Freedom to Talk Dirty
TV News: All the World in Pictures
The Infatuation with Foul Language
The Language of Advertising
With These Words I Can Sell You Anything
The Language of Advertising
"Hey, Kids, Buy This!"
Get Out of My Face! The Use of Coarse Language in Advertising
Exploring The Language of Visuals: Three Sample Ads
Censorship and Free Speech
Censorship and Free Speech on Campus
Regulating Racist Speech on Campus
The Betrayal of Liberty on America's Campuses
In Praise of Censure
Censorship and Free Speech in Cyberspace
The Internet: A Clear and Present Danger?
What Part of "NO Law" Don't You Understand?
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Watching the Web
See No Evil, Surf No Evil
Censorship and Free Speech in Books
The Freedom to Read
Banned Books Week 1997: A Case of Misrepresentation
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Huckleberry Finn Banned!
Author's Afterword from Fahrenheit 451
He Says/She Says
Do Men and Women Speak the Same Language?
"I'll Explain It to You": Lecturing and Listening
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Roz Chast on Gender and Language
The Mask of Masculinity
Nonverbal Behavior: Culture, Gender, and the Media
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Body Language
Is English Sexually Biased?
Introduction to the A-Z of Non-Sexist Language
Life as a Female Gentleman
Real Men Don't: Anti-Male Bias in English
The Language of Labeling
Slurs and Stereotypes
"Nigger": The Meaning of a Word
The Etymology of the International Insult
Crimes Against Humanity
Growing Up Asian in America
Case Study: Political Correctness
Bias-Free Language: Some Guidelines
The Word Police
In the Canon, for All the Wrong Reasons
Beware the Advozealots: Mindless Good Intentions Injure the Handicapped
Exploring the Language of Visuals: Callahan Cartoon
What Is the Language of the American People?
What Is "Standard" English?
Good English and Bad
Why Good English Is Good for You
Not White, Just Right
On Not Writing in English
What's Not "Standard" English?--Slang and Jargon
It Ain't No Big Thing
It's, Like, Extreme, But Not Gross
Words of Wisdom
Case Study: English Only or Bilingualism?
Bilingualism in America: English Should Be the Only Language
Exploring the Language of Visuals: "Please Do Not Feed Pigeons"
My Spanish Standoff
Let's Not Say Adios to Bilingual Education
Photo and Text Credits
Index of Authors and Titles
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