“Self Interest & Social Concerns,” in Language and Dialogue: A Handbook of Key Issues in the Field

Jennifer L. Adams, DePauw University


This title provides a comprehensive overview of the emerging and rapidly growing sub-discipline in linguistics, 'Language and Dialogue'. Edited by one of the top scholars in the field, Edda Weigand, and comprising contributions written by a variety of likewise influential figures, the handbook describes the history of modern linguistics as reasoned progress leading from de Saussure and the simplicity of artificial terms to the complexity of human action and behaviour, which is based on the integration of human abilities such as speaking, thinking, perceiving, and having emotions.