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An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: September 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107637993
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  • A clear and up-to-date introduction to linguistics. This best-selling textbook addresses the full scope of language, from the traditional subjects of structural linguistics (relating to sound, form, meaning and language change) to the more specialised subjects of contextual linguistics (including discourse, dialect variation, language and culture, and the politics of language). There are also separate chapters on language and the brain, computational linguistics, writing, and first and second language learning. Extensively classroom-tested, this second edition has been revised to further support student learning, with numerous new examples, exercises and textboxes to model and contextualise key concepts. Updated throughout to incorporate contemporary issues and events, it includes worked examples of phonological analyses and multiple examples of a variety of World Englishes. A rich collection of online resources completes the learning package.

    • Each chapter is written by an expert on the subject and presents a clear and current representation of the topic, supported by numerous examples and exercises
    • Includes topics that are often underrepresented in linguistics textbooks, such as discourse, language and culture, the politics of language, computation linguistics, writing, and first and second language acquisition
    • A rich online package includes solutions to exercises, sound files, suggestions for further reading, additional exercises, weblinks and digital figures
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    'This is a great textbook covering all the major topics in language structure and use. It offers a comprehensive survey of the field as well as intriguing insights into many current issues, from formal syntax, through language and the brain to computational linguistics.' Alexander Bergs, Universität Osnabrück

    'An invaluable introduction to the subject that covers a wide range of topics in linguistics in a detailed yet accessible fashion. The extensive exercises will be particularly useful for teaching at undergraduate level and for postgraduates wishing to explore unfamiliar areas of the subject.' Philip A. Shaw, University of Leicester

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    07th Oct 2014 by DrBPatra2014

    An Introductuion to Language & Linguistics is a good reference book for scholars of linguistics study ,I recommend this book for all to avail the opportunity Thanks Dr.B.Patra Faculty of Language & Linguistics Utkal University of Culture Bhubaneswar,Odisha,INDIA

    28th Nov 2014 by Robfarm

    This a well written text that provides the reader with a very good overview of the field of linguistics. The material is presented in a logical, straightforward way, so the reader can advance from one area to the next using the concepts previously presented, There are many charts and diagrams to help the reader grasp the material presented.

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    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: September 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107637993
    • length: 576 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 189 x 25 mm
    • weight: 1.2kg
    • contains: 110 b/w illus. 1 map 15 tables 140 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The sounds of language
    2. Words and their parts
    3. The structure of sentences
    4. Meaning
    5. Discourse
    6. Child language acquisition
    7. Language and the brain
    8. Language change
    9. Dialect variation
    10. Language and culture
    11. The politics of language
    12. Writing
    13. Second language acquisition
    14. Computational linguistics

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  • Editors

    Ralph W. Fasold, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Ralph Fasold is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. He is the author of four books and editor or co-editor of six others. Among them are the textbooks The Sociolinguistics of Society (1984) and The Sociolinguistics of Language (1990).

    Jeff Connor-Linton, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Jeff Connor-Linton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University, where he has been Head of the Applied Linguistics Program and Department Chair. He is a past President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. He has supervised a multi-section introductory linguistics course and supervises the pedagogical training of graduate students in the linguistics department.

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