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Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Ninth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that have made the text a perennial best-seller, while adding new information and exercises that render each topic fresh, engaging, and current.
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"An Introduction to Language is comprehensive and inclusive. It gives students an excellent introduction to language study and outlines the concepts in general linguistics as well as sociolinguistics and recent work in language processing. There seems to be something for everyone."
Table of Contents
|The Nature Of Human Language|
|What Is Language?|
|What Is Grammar?|
|Animal "Languages." In the Beginning: The Origin of Language and Thought|
|What We Know about Language|
|Brain and Language|
|The Human Brain|
|The Autonomy of Language|
|Language and Brain Development|
|Grammatical Aspects Of Language|
|Morphology: The Words of Language|
|Content Words and Function Words|
|Morphemes: The Minimal Units of Meaning|
|Rules of Word Formation|
|Sign Language Morphology|
|Morphological Analysis: Identifying Morphemes|
|Syntax: The Sentence Patterns of Language|
|What the Syntax Rules Do|
|UG Principles and Parameters|
|Sign Language Syntax|
|The Meaning of Language|
|What Speakers Know about Sentence Meaning|
|Lexical Semantics (Word Meanings)|
|Phonetics: The Sounds of Language|
|Phonetic Symbols and Spelling Correspondences|
|The "Phonetics" of Signed Languages|
|Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language|
|The Pronunciation of Morphemes|
|Phonemes: The Phonological Units of Language|
|Distinctive Features of Phonemes|
|The Rules of Phonology|
|Sequential Constraints of Phonemes|
|Why Do Phonological Rules Exist?|
|The Psychology Of Language|
|Mechanisms of Language Acquisition|
|Knowing More Than One Language|
|Language Processing: Humans and Computers|
|The Human Mind at Work: Human Language Processing|
|Computer Processing of Human Language|
|Language And Society|
|Language in Society|
|Language and Education|
|Language in Use|
|Language Change: The Syllables of Time|
|The Regularity of Sound Change|
|Reconstructing "Dead" Languages|
|Extinct and Endangered Languages|
|The Genetic Classification of Languages|
|Types of Languages|
|Why Do Languages Change?|
|Writing: The ABCs of Language|
|The History of Writing|
|Modern Writing Systems|
|Writing and Speech|
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