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This book is a beautifully organized, clear and readable introduction to the field of linguistics. The writing is lively and interesting, while at the same time presenting complex and often technical ideas in a manner that's both accurate and accessible. Students brand new to the discipline will enjoy reading this book, and linguists who teach introductory courses will benefit from its clear and direct explanations.
Table of Contents
|List of Figures||p. ix|
|Defining and Acquiring Language|
|What Every Native Speaker Secretly Understands||p. 3|
|Human Language versus Animal Communication Systems||p. 32|
|Language Acquisition||p. 49|
|Structures of Language|
|Morphology: The Structure of Words||p. 109|
|The History of English||p. 166|
|Language in Use|
|Semantics: Language and Meaning||p. 197|
|Pragmatics: Language in Use||p. 221|
|Electronic-Mediated Communication and Its Effects on Language||p. 244|
|Language Variation and Change||p. 260|
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