Linguistics: An Introduction

Linguistics: An Introduction


By (author) William McGregor


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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 190mm x 242mm x 26mm | 898g
  • Publication date: 15 March 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847063675
  • ISBN 13: 9781847063670
  • Illustrations note: 50 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 32,904

Product description

"Linguistics" is a fresh and contemporary introductory textbook for all students of linguistics and language studies. Firmly based around taught courses and catering to student needs, it addresses all the topics that a student will need in their initial and subsequent study of language.With key terms, further reading, questions at the end of each chapter, exercises and key paragraphs in stand-out boxes, this is a firmly pedagogic text that takes difficult concepts and explains them in an easy to understand way. Examples are taken from a range of languages across the world. Global in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, this is the textbook of choice for linguistics students.

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Author information

Professor William McGregor is at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.

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McGregor's prose is clear... his explanations are articulate enough to convey the essential content, while devoid of tortuous, off-putting syntax... the thirteen chapters contain plenty of linguistic examples and clever illustrations [and] the text is pedagogically friendly. McGregor has delivered a concise compendium, uncluttered and accessible, pedagogically well thought through, and innovative in its theoretical approach to presenting the material. Instructors, students, and language buffs alike are encouraged to give it a gander.--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

1. Introduction; I. Language: System and Structure; 2. Sounds of Language: Phonetics and Phonology; 3. Structures of Words: Morphology; 4. Lexicon; 5. Structure of Sentences: Syntax; 6. Meaning in Language: Semantics and Pragmatics; II. Language: A Human Phenomenon; 7. Sociolinguistics: Language in its Social Context; 8. Psycholinguistics: Language, the Mind and the Brain; 9. Language Acquisition; 10. Language in its Biological Context; III. Language: Uniformity and Diversity; 11. Unity and Diversity in Language Structure: Language Universals; 12. Language Change; 13. Languages of the World; Bibliography; Index.