9780521568517

The Study of Language

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521568517

  • ISBN10:

    052156851X

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 6/28/1996
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

This revised and updated edition incorporates many changes that reflect developments in language study over the past decade. There is an entirely new chapter on pragmatics, with an expansion of the chapter on semantics. The explosion of interest in many of the 'applied' areas of language study is also reflected in additional sections on speech recognition systems, sign languages, women's and men's language, input in language learning, and several other topics. The Study Questions and Discussion Topics have also been thoroughly revised; and the Further Reading sections have been revised, updated and expanded. The presentation retains the clear and lively style which made the first edition a hugely popular introduction to the study of language.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Preface to second edition xiii
The origins of language
1(8)
The development of writing
9(10)
The properties of language
19(11)
Animals and human language
30(10)
The sounds of language
40(13)
The sound patterns of language
53(10)
Words and word-formation processes
63(11)
Morphology
74(12)
Phrases and sentences; grammar
86(14)
Syntax
100(14)
Semantics
114(13)
Pragmatics
127(12)
Discourse analysis
139(12)
Language and machines
151(11)
Language and the brain
162(13)
First language acquisition
175(15)
Second language acquisition/learning
190(12)
Sign language
202(11)
Language history and change
213(13)
Language varieties
226(13)
Language, society and culture
239(15)
Appendix Suggested answers to study questions 254(7)
References 261(25)
Index 286

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