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D. B. Fry has edited a simple process readings at the acoustics of speech. the gathering contains all of the very important classical papers within the box. it's conscientiously dependent to give the scholar with a coherent photograph of the relatives among language devices and the corresponding sound-waves and to give an explanation for the legislation that govern those family members. He contains extracts which clarify the new release of sound-waves through the speech-mechanism, the equipment of acoustic research of speech, and the operation of the sound spectograph (with excerpts from the 1st released debts of the instrument). the amount additionally illustrates the contribution to the overall research of language made by means of study on speech notion. There are money owed of speech synthesis, and of experiments on rhythm, intonation and the notion of acoustic cues.

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S. " In another sense, of course, Rener and Cheyfitz are doing the same thing: imitating in their discursive structure the socio-ideological configurations they idealize, Rener the classical "legal system" governing the eloquent use of language, Cheyfitz the colonized Native Americans. 6 This is an oversimplification, of coursethat Cheyfitz idealizes the colonized Native Americans. In his introduction he specifically disclaims any such intentions: "In line with this politics, I have not tried to understand Native Americans or blacks in this book.

Even today it seems intuitively "right" to say that speakers and writers choose individual words, which they string together into coherent sentences, or to say that they first order words grammatically, then ornament that order rhetorically. Philosophically, these ideas have been thoroughly discredited; and yet they have taken such deep root in our collective intellectual ''operating system," as it were, that it often seems counterintuitive, even "unnatural," to argue against them. The cultural and intellectual hegemony of this "system" in the West has been one of my scholarly fascinations as well; in some sense the first half of The Translator's Turn (Robinson 1991c) and all of Translation and Taboo (Robinson 1996b) were attempts to chart out the history of that system as well.

It has been viewed as a neutral preceptive system, a descriptive taxonomy of style, or as an academic discipline whose history is constituted by its manifest meanings and whose claims to truth about the nature of language and discourse are accepted on their own terms" (4). Copeland avoids both of these methodological pitfalls by contextualizing her study within the clash between two medieval cultures, ver- < previous page page_12 next page > < previous page page_13 next page > Page 13 nacular culture and Latin academic culture.

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