This month we are highlighting youth and adult books on language. You can find all kinds of books about grammar, language learning CDs and World Language books at Bloomfield Township Public Library. Our Mango Languages database is a simple way to learn a new language. If you are learning English as a second language, you can join our ESL Conversation Group that meets every Friday at 10 a.m. in Room 1, beginning September 17, 2021. Don’t forget to stop by the Local History Display to see more books all about language.
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Titles in the Adult Services Collection
From hand to mouth: the origins of language / Michael C. Corballis
A psychologist shows how gestures rather than sounds formed the basis of language fundamentals, using evidence from anthropology, animal behavior, neurology, molecular biology, and anatomy to make his case.
The unfolding of language : an evolutionary tour of mankind’s greatest invention / Guy Duetscher
The elusive forces of creation at work in human communication are exposed in an investigation into how the destruction and creation in language are intimately entwined and how these processes are continuously in operation, generating new words, structures, and meanings.
How we talk : the inner workings of conversation / N. J. Enfield
The chair of linguistics at the University of Sydney presents an expert guide to how conversation works, discussing such topics as the universal evolution of words commonly denounced as slang, the significance of a raised voice and the roles of physical signals.
Native tongues / by Charles Berlitz
An informative linguistic survey of the world’s 2,796 languages and 5,000 dialects–both current and archaic–provides fascinating facts, comparisons, parallelisms, and other unusual discoveries about language.
Spoken here : travels among threatened languages / Mark Abley
Explores the linguistic characteristics and oddities of some of the world’s threatened languages–including Max, Mohaw, Yiddish, Boro, and more–and the diverse forces, from pop culture to global politics that threaten to destroy many languages and the cultures that spawned them.
Titles in the World Language Collection
BENGALI FICTION MAJUMDARA
Jangala rahasya : banabibhaera abhijnătŻay smrddha Żakara grantha / SamŻira MajumadŻara
Adventure stories about forests.
CHINESE FICTION KINGSOLVER
Du mu sheng jing = The poisonwood bible / (Mei) Babala Jinsuowo zhu ; Zhang Bing yi
The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it, from garden seeds to Scripture, is calamitously transformed on African soil.
FRENCH BIO OBAMA
Devenir / Michelle Obama ; traduit de l’anglais (États-Unis) par Odile Demange et Isabelle Taudière.
In her memoir, translated into French, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the worlds most famous address. She describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it in her own words and on her own terms.
GERMAN FICTION KEYES
Pusteblume : roman / Marian Keyes ; aus dem Englischen von Susanne Höbel
Thirtysomething best friends Tara and Katherine are losers in the field of true lasting love, until their mutual friend Fintan forces them to make a life-changing promise–Katherine must give up her monogamous relationship with her remote control, and Tar must abandon the boyfriend who treats her like dirt.
RUSSIAN FICTION GROOM
Forrest Gamp : roman / Uinston Grum
Through three turbelent decades, Forrest rides a tide of events that whisks him from physical disability to football stardom, from Vietnam hero to shrimp tycoon, from White House honors to the arms of his one true love.
Titles in the Youth Collection
What would you do with a dictionary? / Susan Kralovansky
Help young students leap into learning! The Library Resources series is an easy way to introduce younger readers to all the amazing resources offered at their local library. With simple text and engaging photos, this book educates early learners about dictionaries. It will teach kids how to look up definitions of words using a dictionary. Kids will also learn what entry words are, as well as how to pronounce the word and what part of speech it is. Whether for school or fun, this title helps kids get the most out of their library experience.
Grammar : the bill of writes! / Mary Budzik
Uses cartoon-style characters to explain basic concepts in grammar, discussing such topics as parts of speech, sentence structure, and grammatical agreement.
Super silly sayings that are over your head : a children’s illustrated book of idioms / by Catherine S. Snodgrass.
Defines more than forty idioms using an illustration of the literal meaning next to an illustration of the actual idiomatic meaning and with explanatory text.
A mouthful of onomatopoeia / by Bette Blaisdell
Full-color photographs and rhyming text introduce and define onomatopoeia.
There’s a frog in my throat! : 440 animal sayings a little bird told me / written by Loreen Leedy & Pat Street
From lucky ducks to odd ducks to sitting ducks to just plain quacks, an amusing collection of animal sayings includes a wealth of funny phrases alongside fun-filled art bursting with color and energy.