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Contemporary Linguistics An Introduction

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  • Edition: 7th
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  • Copyright: 2017-01-27
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Contemporary Linguistics provides one of the most extensive introductions to the fundamentals of linguistics; ideal for those just beginning to explore this subject.

Author Biography

WILLIAM O'GRADY teaches linguistics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is the author of several scholarly books. His research focuses on syntactic theory, language acquisition, and Korean.

in addition to teaching linguistics at the University of Calgary, studies the acquisition of phonology and has written several books on the subject.

is professor of linguistics at Stony Brook University and was President of the Linguistic Society of America for 2005. He has written numerous articles and several books on aspects of linguistic morphology, as well as on orthography and the teaching of linguistics.

is director of the English as a Second Language program at Marietta College, Ohio. In research and teaching, she is concerned with the interface between theory and practice and with making linguistics accessible to nonlinguists. She is coeditor with Mark Aronoff of The Handbook of Linguistics.

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition 
List of Technical Abbreviations 
Language Matters Boxes 

CHAPTER 1 Language: a preview 
Specialization for Language 
 2 A Creative System 
 3 Grammar and Linguistic Competence 
     3.1 Generality: All Languages Have a Grammar 
     3.2 Parity: All Grammars Are Equal 
     3.3 Universality: Grammars Are Alike in Basic Ways 
     3.4 Mutability: Grammars Change over Time 
     3.5 Inaccessibility: Grammatical Knowledge Is Subconscious 
  Summing Up 
  Key Terms 
  Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 2: Phonetics: the sounds of language 
Phonetic Transcription 
     1.1 Units of Representation 
     1.2 Segments 
2 The Sound-Producing System 
     2.1 Glottal States 
3 Sound Classes 
     3.1 Vowels, Consonants, and Glides (Syllabic and Nonsyllabic Elements) 
4 Consonant Articulation 
     4.1 The Tongue 
     4.2 Places of Articulation 
5 Manners of Articulation 
     5.1 Oral versus Nasal Phones 
     5.2 Stops
     5.3 Fricatives 
     5.4 Affricates 
     5.5 Voice Lag and Aspiration 
     5.6 Liquids 
     5.7 Syllabic Liquids and Nasals
     5.8 Glides 
6 Vowels 
     6.1 Simple Vowels and Diphthongs 
     6.2 Basic Parameters for Describing Vowels 
     6.3 Tense and Lax Vowels 
7 Phonetic Transcription of American English Consonants and Vowels 
8 Suprasegmentals 
     8.1 Pitch: Tone and Intonation 
     8.2 Length 
     8.3 Stress 
9 Speech Production 
     9.1 Coarticulation 
     9.2 Articulatory Processes 
     9.3 Some Common Articulatory Processes 
10 Other Vowels and Consonants 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 3: Phonology: the function and patterning of sounds 
Segments in Contrast 
      1.1 Minimal Pairs 
      1.2 Language-Specific Contrasts 
2 Phonetically Conditioned Variation: Phonemes and Allophones 
      2.1 Complementary Distribution 
      2.2 Phonemes and Allophones 
      2.3 Classes and Generalization in Phonology 
      2.4 English Mid Vowels and Glides 
      2.5 Language-Specific Patterns 
3 Phonetic and Phonemic Transcription 
      3.1 Phonetic and Phonemic Inventories 
4 Above the Segment: Syllables 
      4.1 Defining the Syllable 
      4.2 Onset Constraints and Phonotactics 
      4.3 Accidental and Systematic Gaps 
      4.4 Setting Up Syllables 
      4.5 Syllabic Phonology 
5 Features 
      5.1 Why We Use Features 
      5.2 Feature Representations 
6 Derivations and Rules 
      6.1 Derivations 
      6.2 Rule Application 
      6.3 The Form and Notation of Rules 
      6.4 Processes and Rules: A Last Word 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
 Appendix: Hints for Solving Phonology Problems 
CHAPTER 4: Morphology: the analysis of word structure 
Words and Word Structure 
      1.1 Morphemes 
      1.2 Analyzing Word Structure 
2 Derivation 
      2.1 Some English Derivational Affixes 
      2.2 Two Classes of Derivational Affixes 
3 Compounding 
      3.1 Properties of Compounds 
      3.2 Endocentric and Exocentric Compounds 
      3.3 Compounds in Other Languages 
4 Inflection 
      4.1 Inflection in English 
      4.2 Inflection versus Derivation 
      4.3 Other Inflectional Phenomena 
5 Other Morphological Phenomena 
      5.1 Processes Primarily Related to Inflection 
      5.2 Other Processes 
6 Morphophonemics 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
 Appendix: How to Identify Morphemes in Unfamiliar Languages 
CHAPTER 5  Syntax: the analysis of sentence structure 
Categories and Structure 
      1.1 Categories of Words 
      1.2 Phrase Structure 
      1.3 Sentences 
      1.4 Tests for Phrase Structure 
2 Complement Options 
      2.1 Complement Options for Verbs 
      2.2 Complement Options for Other Categories 
      2.3 Complement Clauses 
3 Move 
      3.1 Yes-No Questions 
      3.2 Deep Structure and Surface Structure 
      3.3 Do Insertion 
      3.4 Wh Movement 
4 Universal Grammar and Parametric Variation 
      4.1 Verb Raising
5  Some Additional Structures 
      5.1 Coordination 
      5.2 Modifiers 
      5.3 Passives 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
 Appendix: How to Build Tree Structures 
CHAPTER 6 Semantics: the analysis of meaning 
The Nature of Meaning 
      1.1 Semantic Relations among Words 
      1.2 Semantic Relations Involving Sentences 
      1.3 What Is Meaning? 
2 The Conceptual System 
      2.1 Fuzzy Concepts 
      2.2 Metaphor 
      2.3 The Lexicalization of Concepts 
      2.4 Grammatical Concepts 
3 Syntax and Sentence Interpretation 
      3.1 Constructional Meaning 
      3.2 Structural Ambiguity 
      3.3 Thematic Roles 
      3.4 The Interpretation of Pronouns 
4 Other Factors in Sentence Interpretation 
      4.1 The Role of Beliefs and Attitudes 
      4.2 Setting 
      4.3 Discourse 
      4.4 Grice’s Conversational Maxims 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 7 Historical linguistics: the study of language change 
The Nature of Language Change 
      1.1 Systematicity of Language Change 
      1.2 Causes of Language Change 
2 Sound Change 
      2.1 Sequential Change 
      2.2 Segmental Change 
      2.3 Auditorily Based Change 
      2.4 Phonetic versus Phonological Change 
      .5 Explaining Phonological Shift 
3 Morphological Change 
      3.1 Addition of Affixes 
      3.2 Loss of Affixes 
      3.3 From Synthetic to Analytic to Synthetic 
      3.4 Analogy 
      3.5 Reanalysis 
4 Syntactic Change 
      4.1 Word Order 
      4.2 Inversion in the History of English 
5 Lexical and Semantic Change 
      5.1 Addition of Lexical Items 
      5.2 Loss of Lexical Items 
      5.3 Semantic Change 
6 The Spread of Change 
      6.1 Diffusion through the Language 
      6.2 Spread through the Population 
7 Language Reconstruction 
      7.1 Comparative Reconstruction 
      7.2 Techniques of Reconstruction 
      7.3 The Discovery of Indo-European 
8 Language Change and Naturalness 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 8 The classification of languages 
Some Preliminaries 
      1.1 Dialect and Language 
      1.2 Types of Classification 
2 Typological Classification 
      2.1 Phonology 
      2.2 Morphology 
      2.3 Syntax 
      2.4 Explaining Universals 
3 Genetic Classification 
      3.1 The Indo-European Family 
      3.2 Some Other Families 
      3.3 Language Phyla 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 9 First language acquisition 
The Study of Language Acquisition 
      1.1 Methods 
2 Phonological Development 
      2.1 Babbling 
      2.2 Developmental Order 
      2.3 Early Phonetic Processes 
3 Vocabulary Development
      3.1 Strategies for Acquiring Word Meaning 
      3.2 Meaning Errors 
4 Morphological Development 
      4.1 Overgeneralization 
      4.2 A Developmental Sequence 
      4.3 Word Formation Processes 
5 Syntactic Development 
      5.1 The One-Word Stage 
      5.2 The Two-Word Stage 
      5.3 The Telegraphic Stage 
      5.4 Later Development 
      5.5 The Interpretation of Sentence Structure 
6 What Makes Language Acquisition Possible? 
      6.1 The Role of Adult Speech 
      6.2 The Role of Feedback 
      6.3 The Role of Cognitive Development 
      6.4 The Role of Inborn Knowledge 
      6.5 Is There a Critical Period? 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 10 Second language acquisition 
The Study of Second Language Acquisition 
      1.1 The Role of the First Language 
      1.2 The Nature of an Interlanguage 
      1.3 The Final State 
      1.4 Variation in Performance 
2 Interlanguage Grammars 
      2.1 L2 Phonology 
      2.2 L2 Syntax 
      2.3 L2 Morphology 
      2.4 Morphology and Syntax 
3 Factors Affecting SLA 
      3.1 Age 
      3.2 Individual Differences 
4 The L2 Classroom 
      4.1 Modified Input 
      4.2 Modified Interaction 
      4.3 Focus on Form 
      4.4 Education in a Bilingual Environment 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 11 Psycholinguistics: the study of language processing 
Methods of Psycholinguistic Research 
      1.1 Slips of the Tongue 
      1.2 Experimental Methods: Words in the Mind 
      1.3 Experimental Methods: Sentence Processing 
      1.4 Brain Activity: Event-Related Potentials 
      1.5 Language Corpora and Databases in Psycholinguistic Research 
2 Language Processing and Linguistics 
      2.1 Phonetics and Phonology 
      2.2 Morphological Processing 
      2.3 Syntax 
3 Putting It All Together: Psycholinguistic Modeling 
      3.1 The Use of Metaphors in Psycholinguistic Modeling 
      3.2 Which Model Is Right? 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 12 Brain and language 
The Human Brain 
      1.1 The Cerebral Cortex 
      1.2 The Cerebral Hemispheres 
      1.3 The Lobes of the Cortex 
2 Investigating the Brain 
      2.1 Autopsy Studies 
      2.2 Images of the Living Brain 
      2.3 Learning from Hemispheric Connections and Disconnections 
3 Aphasia 
      3.1 Nonfluent Aphasia 
      3.2 Fluent Aphasia 
4 Acquired Dyslexia and Dysgraphia 
      4.1 Reading and Writing Disturbances in Aphasia 
      4.2 Acquired Dyslexia as the Dominant Language Deficit 
5 Linguistic Theory and Aphasia 
      5.1 Features, Rules, and Underlying Forms 
      5.2 Agrammatism 
      5.3 Function Words 
      5.4 The Loss of Syntactic Competence 
      5.5 Agrammatism in Other Languages 
      5.6 Language in the Brain: What’s Where? 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 13 Language in social contexts 
Language Variation and Social Distinctions 
2 Place 
      2.1 Regional Variation in Lexical Items 
      2.2 Regional Variation in Phonology 
      2.3 Regional Differences in Morphology and Syntax 
3 Time 
4 Isolation 
      4.1 Physical Isolation: The Case of Smith Island 
      4.2 Linguistic Isolation: The Case of Quebec French 
      4.3 Social Isolation: The Case of Urban African American English 
5 Contact 
      5.1 Code-Switching and Borrowing 
      5.2 Contact Languages: Mixed Languages, Lingua Francas, Pidgins, and Creoles 
6 Distinctions within a Community: Class, Ethnicity, and Gender 
      6.1 Class 
      6.2 Ethnicity: The Case of African American English 
      6.3 Gender 
      6.4 Situation-Specific Factors 
7 Social Interaction and Language 
      7.1 Ethnography of Communication 
      7.2 Solidarity and Power 
8 How Societies Deal with Language 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 14 Writing and language 
Types of Writing 
      1.1 Logographic Writing 
      1.2 Phonographic Writing 
2 The Early History of Writing 
      2.1 Prewriting 
      2.2 Pictograms 
3 The Development of Writing 
      3.1 Rebuses 
      3.2 Toward Syllabic Writing 
      3.3 Another Middle Eastern Writing System: Hieroglyphs 
      3.4 The Emergence of Alphabets 
4 Some Non-European Writing Systems 
      4.1 Chinese Writing 
      4.2 Japanese Writing 
      4.3 Korean Writing 
      4.4 Cherokee Writing 
5 English Orthography 
      5.1 Irregularities 
      5.2 Obstacles to Reform 
6 Writing and Reading 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 15 Indigenous languages of North America 
Origin and Classification 
      1.1 Ultimate Origins 
      1.2 Historical Relationships in North America 
2 Phonetics and Phonology 
      2.1 Velar, Uvular, and Pharyngeal Articulations 
      2.2 Lateral Fricatives 
      2.3 Glottalized Stops and Affricates (Ejectives) 
      2.4 Vowels and Suprasegmental Features 
      2.5 Sounds Not Frequently Found 
3 Morphology and Syntax 
      3.1 The Structure of Words 
      3.2 Grammatical Categories 
      3.3 Pronominal Systems 
      3.4 Noun Classification 
4 The Future of Indigenous North American Languages 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms
 Recommended Reading
CHAPTER 16 Natural sign languages [online only]
      1.1 Formational Elements 
      1.2 Combining Formational Elements 
      1.3 Prosody 
2 Morphology 
      2.1 Word Formation 
      2.2 Verb Agreement 
      2.3 Classifier Constructions
3 Syntax 
      3.1 Recursion 
      3.2 Word Order 
      3.3 Sign Language and Universal Grammar 
4 Language as an Art Form: Sign Language Poetry 
5 New Sign Languages 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading
CHAPTER 17  Animal communication   [online only]
Non-vocal communication
2 Communication structure: the study of signs
      2.1 Signs
      2.2 The types of signs
      2.3 Sign structure
      2.4 A view of animal communication
3 The bees
      3.1 The system
      3.1 Bees and humans
4 The birds
      4.1 Bird vocalization
      4.2 Birds and humans
5 Non-human primates
      5.1 Some functions of non-human primate communication
      5.2 Prosimian communication
      5.3 Monkeys
      5.4 Gibbons, orangutans, chimpanzees
6 Testing non-human primates for linguistic ability
      6.1 Some experiments
      6.2 Non-signing experiments
      6.3 The Clever Hans controversy
      6.4 The great ape debate
      6.5 Implications
7 Comparing communication systems: design features
      7.1 The features
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 
CHAPTER 18 Computational linguistics [online only]
Computational Phonetics and Phonology 
      1.1 The Talking Machine: Speech Synthesis 
      1.2 Speech Recognition 
2 Computational Morphology 
      2.1 Morphological Processes 
      2.2 Some Problems in Computational Morphology 
3 Computational Syntax 
      3.1 Data and Resources 
      3.2 Natural Language Analysis 
      3.3 Natural Language Generation 
      3.4 The Role of Syntax and Semantics 
4 Computational Lexicography 
5 Computational Semantics 
6 Pragmatics 
      6.1 Reference Resolution 
      6.2 Discourse Markers 
      6.3 Spoken Dialogue 
7 Applications of Computational Linguistics 
      7.1 Indexing and Concordances 
      7.2 Question Answering 
      7.3 Automatic Summarization 
      7.4 Machine Translation 
      7.5 Spoken-Dialogue Systems 
 Summing Up 
 Key Terms 
 Recommended Reading 

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