Peter J. Silzer

"AKA Dr. Language"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (8 of 8)
Location: Monterey, CA USA
Birthday: June 22
In My Own Words:
Associate Professor of Linguistics at The Defence Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California since 2005. I am a life-long student of language and enjoy finding cartoons and quotations about language. Sometimes a 'linguistic thought' pops into my mind as I sit in church or walk along the beautiful trails of Monterey and Pacific Grove.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 575,262 - Total Helpful Votes: 8 of 8
Fundamentals of Phonetics: A Practical Guide for S&hellip by Larry H. Small
After looking at a number of textbooks for a course in English phonetics, I decided to use Fundamentals of Phonetics by Larry Small. The book almost teaches itself. There are hundreds of short exercises that students can use on their own. The answer key at the back of the book covers a vast majority of the learning tools. My task as a teacher is greatly simplified.
The examples and diagrams are clear. I also like the enclosed CD with sample utterances. I would have preferred that the audio tapes mentioned in the text be included on the CD, rather than as a separate purchase.
Fallacies and Pitfalls of Language: The Language T&hellip by S. Morris Engel
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't blame language, March 20 2001
This book gives an interesting overview of logical fallacies common in today's political arena. Unfortunately, the author impunes language rather than logic in the erroneous title: "Fallacies and pitfalls of language: the language trap." There is little in the book to support a hypothesis that language is the culprit in the examples cited; in each case, it is a logical fallacy that causes problems.
As an introductory book in logic, this volume is similar to others. It focuses primarily of religious and political arguments, rather than interpersonal matters, as do most such books.
I would recommend this book to those already familiar with logic who want some additional… Read more
Doublespeak Defined by William D Lutz
Doublespeak Defined by William D Lutz
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware doublespeak III, March 20 2001
William Lutz is out to save us from the doublespeak ogres. In this his third book on the subject Lutz provides hundreds of obtuse and difficult examples of contorted language from a variety of fields. The primary offenders, of course, are big government and big industry. Lutz assures the reader that his book is a "survival manual for the contemporary linguistic jungle." Without his help we might succumb to the confusing "substance abuse" and "passanger facility charges" of this brave new world.
Taken with an appropriate grain of salt, the book makes delightful reading for all of us normal, honest, truthful folk who must beware the doublespeak ogres all… Read more