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Language and Linguistics
Compiled by Richard Seltzer
Language and Linguistics
Compiled and Indexed by Richard Seltzer
B&R Samizdat Express - December 13, 2005
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - February 7, 2006
Please note: As of 9/18/2008, this CD now contains 86 books.
Linguistics is the study of language, and language is the means by which man communicates in both written and spoken forms. Richard Seltzer's Language and Linguistics CD contains thirty-nine books that examine the very nature of language and how mankind communicates with each other, and of how the means of communications differs in various cultures. Also, in this collection you will find books devoted to the formalized study of language. This CD is part of B&R Samizdat Express' CD of the Month project and it was issued in October of 2005 as that month's CD.
The books in this collection are organized into seven thematic categories, including general linguistics books, books on Esperanto, and specific language categories such as African, Asian, European, Native American, and Pacific languages.
A sampling of the books that you will find in this collection include:
The Language and Linguistics CD is an invaluable collection of books for anyone with an interest in language or linguistics. This collection also offers readers access to some hard to find books, The Esperanto Teacher by Helen Fryer and The Roman Pronunciation of Latin by Frances Lord. In addition, linguistic scholars will find this collection intriguing for its historical significance as well as for its value as a reference tool.
- Alaska Indian Dictionary, compiled by Charles Lee
- New Latin Grammar, by Charles Bennett
- French Conversation and Composition, by Harry Vincent Wann
- A Concise Dictionary of Middle English (1150 to 1580), by Rev. A.L. Mayhew and Rev. Walter W. Skeat
- The Folk-Literature of the Galla of Southern Abyssinia, by Enrico Cerulli
- A Complete Grammar of Esperanto, by Ivy Kellerman
- How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
All of the books in this collection are presented in plain text format, making them easy to read using conventional screen reading or magnifications programs. In addition, low vision users can easily adjust the font size and coloring of the text to suit their individual needs. This collection comes with shareware versions of two programs that will be of special interest to readers who are visually impaired, ReadIt and ReadPlease. ReadIt is a DOS reading program that is designed for use by readers with low vision, and ReadPlease is a screen reading program. Information on both programs can be found on the CD, along with information that will help you make the best use out of the material for those reading for educational purposes, as well as for those reading for pleasure.
For those not familiar with Esperanto; it is a language that was developed by Dr. L. L. Zamenhof. It was officially launched in 1887 with the goal of becoming a universal second language that would enable people from around the world to communicate easily with each other. Esperanto is an intuitive and easy to learn language that is spoken in more than 80 countries today. It is a vibrant language and the Esperanto books in this collection serve as an excellent introduction to the language. To learn more about Esperanto, do a simple search on your favorite search engine for Esperanto, and you will discover tons of information and links to free Esperanto courses.
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