By Peter Farb

ISBN-10: 1101971290

ISBN-13: 9781101971291

Why do definite phrases make us blush or wince? Why do women and men fairly converse varied languages? Why do nursery rhymes in enormously varied societies own related rhyme and rhythm styles? What do slang, riddles and puns secretly have in universal?

This erudite but irresistibly readable e-book examines the sport of language: its gamers, recommendations, and hidden ideas. Drawing at the so much attention-grabbing linguistic studies--and pertaining to every little thing from the Marx Brothers to linguistic sexism, from the phenomenon of glossolalia to Apache names for motor vehicle parts--Word Play exhibits what rather occurs whilst humans speak, it doesn't matter what language they occur to be using.

"A pleasing, nearly fullyyt unpedantic book...solidly based in scholarship, love of language, and an unabashed worldliness approximately play itself."--Washington Post

" curious, a laugh, and enlightening...we virtually inadvertently study very much approximately linguistics. [But] it kind of feels scarcely to topic what we've learned...we've easily had an excessive amount of fun."--The big apple instances

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Each of the following writing prompts, used to start a class, ensures that students are focused on the content they are about to learn: • What does Islam have to do with libraries? (7th grade social studies) • Hydrogen is the most plentiful element on earth. Why do you think this is the case? (high school biology) • Describe an algebraic technique for adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers. (9th grade algebra) • Write a rhyming poem about spring. ” Are they right? What do they mean?

It is clear that the reason that Abdurashid did so well in his AP Physics class was related to the teacher. More specifically, it was the ways in which the teacher engaged the class and ensured that the physics content was accessible for the students. The teacher used evidence-based instructional strategies in his teaching (see Fisher & Frey, 2004). It is important to note that Abdurashid scored well enough on the AP Physics exam to receive college credit for the experience. Now imagine that Abdurashid goes to his next class, and this type of teaching and learning is not available.

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