Understanding Language A Basic Course in Linguistics

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-03-29
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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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 Figuresp. ix
Prefacep. x
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Defining and Acquiring Language
What Every Native Speaker Secretly Understandsp. 3
Human Language versus Animal Communication Systemsp. 32
Language Acquisitionp. 49
Structures of Language
Phoneticsp. 83
Morphology: The Structure of Wordsp. 109
Grammarp. 136
The History of Englishp. 166
Language in Use
Semantics: Language and Meaningp. 197
Pragmatics: Language in Usep. 221
Electronic-Mediated Communication and Its Effects on Languagep. 244
Language Variation and Changep. 260
Bibliographyp. 319
Indexp. 323
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