8 • LINGUISTICS
Malidoma Patrice Somé
RI TUAL: Power, Healing, and Community
Penguin • 112 pp. • 978-0-14-019558-3 • $14.00
OF WATER AND THE SPIRIT
Ritual, Magic, and Initiation in
the Life of an African Shaman
“A vision that encompasses two worlds and
weaves the lessons of both into a fine tapestry.”—
Clarissa Pinkola Éstes, author of Women Who
Run With the Wolves.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-019496-8 • $16.00
Also available: The Healing Wisdom of Africa 978-0-87477-991-2
A Social History of Foul Language,
Oaths, and Profanity in English
“An erudite text, fascinating and informative in
its wide historical scope....A valuable read for
any student of language.”— The Times (UK).
Penguin • 304 pp. • 978-0-14-026707-5 • $16.00
Introduction by Louise Erdrich
This autobiography chronicles the life of Tanner,
captured in 1789 at the age of nine by the Shawnees and then sold to an Ojibwa family with
whom he spent the first half of his adult life.
Penguin Classics • 304 pp. • 978-0-14-243751-3 • $15.00
Nataly Kelly and Jost Zetzsche
f FOUND IN TRANSLATION
How Language Shapes
Our Lives and Transforms the World
Explores how language travels, spreading
ideas, culture, and more.
Perigee • 272 pp. • 978-0-399-53797-4 • $14.95
Available October 2012
Introduction by Rory Stewart
“Thesiger, a onetime special forces officer and
war hero, spent years in the parched deserts of
Arabia and the marshes of southern Iraq....He
found some of the world’s most remote, desolate and merciless environments and went
there because they called in some way to his
soul.... Thesiger’s style is direct and down-to-earth, but the vivid episodes build into
enthralling pictures of landscapes and people.”—Los Angeles Times.
Penguin Classics • 400 pp. • 978-0-14-144207-5 • $16.00
Also available: The Marsh Arabs 978-0-14-144208-2
Christine Kenneally, Ph.D.
THE FIRST WORD
The Search for the Origins of Language
Explains how a small group of scientists, including Noam Chomsky, assembled the narrative of
how the fundamental process of evolution produced a linguistic ape—us. “[A] splendidly
written account of a new field of research on a
central question about the human species.”—
Steven Pinker, author of The Stuff of Thought.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-311374-4 • $17.00
A Los Angeles Times Book Awards finalist
An Introduction to Language and Society
“This fourth edition is more engaging than ever...
the perfect introductory text.”—Shana Poplack,
U. of Ottawa. “An excellent way into sociolinguistics: readable, reliable and concise.”—Jean
Aitchison, U. of Oxford.
Penguin • 240 pp. • 978-0-14-028921-3 • $15.00
THE RI TUALS OF DINNER
The Origin, Evolution, Eccentricities,
and Meaning of Table Manners
Penguin • 416 pp. • 978-0-14-017079-5 • $18.00
Rita Kothari and Rupert Snell
f CHUTNEF YING ENGLISH
The Phenomenon of Hinglish
Both English and Hindi need to be understood anew through their ‘hybridization’ into
Hinglish—a mixture of the two languages.
Penguin India • 280 pp. • 978-0-14-341639-5 • $18.00
Peter Trudgill and Laurie Bauer, editors
Nineteen respected linguists from all over the
world address common “language myths,”
showing that they vary from the misconceived to the downright wrong.
Penguin • 208 pp. • 978-0-14-026023-6 • $15.00
BEFORE THE DAWN
Recovering the Lost
History of Our Ancestors
“By far the best book I have ever read on
humanity’s deep history. With courage and
balance, Wade has pulled together the explosion of discoveries now ongoing in diverse
fields of biology and the social sciences on the
origin of our species, and he explains a large
part of what is necessary to comprehend the
human condition.”—E. O. Wilson.
Penguin • 320 pp. • 978-0-14-303832-0 • $16.00
See also: The Faith Instinct, page 9
THE BLANK SLATE
The Modern Denial of Human Nature
See page 5
ON BORRO WED WORDS
A Memoir of Language
“A meditation on how language defines not
just the words we use but the places we come
from.”— The New York Times Book Review.
Penguin • 256 pp. • 978-0-14-200094-6 • $17.00
John Mc Whorter
f WHAT LANGUAGE IS
And What It Isn’t and What It Could Be
Explains how languages across the globe (the
Queen’s English and Surinam creoles alike)
originate, evolve, multiply, and divide. “The
distinctive blend of detail, accessible tone, and
solid research will appeal to language students
of all kinds.”—Library Journal.
Gotham • 240 pp. • 978-1-59240-720-0 • $16.00
OUR MAGNIFICEN T BASTARD TONGUE
The Untold History of English
Drawing on revolutionary genetic and linguistic research, the author provides a survey of
the quirks and quandaries of the English language with a focus on our strange grammar.
Gotham • 256 pp. • 978-1-592-40494-0 • $16.00
SOCIOLOGY 2012 • PENGUIN GROUP (USA)
f denotes new or forthcoming title