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Linguistics and English Literature
An Introduction

Part of Cambridge Introductions to the English Language

  • Date Published: June 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107045408


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  • Concise and engaging, this textbook introduces stylistics, the application of linguistics to literary analysis. Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, H. D. Adamson discusses linguistics before addressing its application to literature, enabling students to become knowledgeable in both fields. Targeted specifically at undergraduate literature students, the book covers a wide range of topics in linguistics and literary criticism, as well as a variety of literary genres and popular culture, from poems and contemporary literature to comic book art and advertising. Providing numerous examples throughout, linguistic concepts are clearly and accessibly presented in an easy-to-digest way, accompanied by numerous examples and a glossary of key terms. Each chapter features exercises, inviting students to apply specific linguistic knowledge to the analysis of literary texts, as well as further reading suggestions, figures and tables, and highlighted key terms. Supplementary online resources include additional exercises, further reading suggestions, useful links, discussion questions, key term flashcards, and an answer booklet for instructors.

    • Concise, easy to digest, and engaging, this book is targeted at English literature students taking linguistics courses, assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics
    • Covers a wide range of topics in both linguistics and literary criticism, as well as a range of literary genres and popular culture, from poems and contemporary literature to comic book art and advertising
    • Features include numerous examples, highlighted key terms and glossary, further reading suggestions, and exercises inviting students to apply specific linguistic knowledge to the analysis of literary texts
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    'Making linguistics interesting and easy to understand, Adamson helps readers learn about linguistics at the same time that they are applying linguistic concepts to the study of literature and other cultural texts. He shows students that linguistics and literature are both about life and how language is used to represent life, reflect on life, and live life.' Duane Roen, Dean, College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Arizona State University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107045408
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 178 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.88kg
    • contains: 21 b/w illus. 2 maps 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The sounds of English
    3. Metaphor and metonymy
    4. Syntax
    5. The rhythms of poetry and speech
    6. Varieties of English
    7. Morphology, semantics and pragmatics
    8. Discourse analysis
    9. Alternative texts

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    H. D. Adamson, University of Arizona
    H. D. Adamson is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Arizona, where he has taught courses in applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, and stylistics. The author of five books and numerous articles in the field of Applied Linguistics, Adamson was a Mellon Fellow in the Linguistics Department at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught English in Ethiopia and Spain.

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