The Study of Language

The Study of Language

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By (author) George Yule

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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Format: Electronic book text | 290 pages
  • Publication date: 30 January 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0511133502
  • ISBN 13: 9780511133503
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 17 b/w illus. 1 map

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Designed for beginners, this best-selling textbook provides a lively introduction to the study of language. Starting from the basics, it provides a solid foundation in all of the essential topics, and introduces the analysis of the key elements of language - sounds, words, structures and meanings. A wide range of fascinating questions are explored, such as how conversation works, how children learn language, why women and men speak differently, and how language varies between regions and social groups. This third edition has been extensively revised to include new sections on important contemporary issues in language study, including language and culture, African American English, sign language, and slang. A comprehensive glossary provides useful explanations of technical terms, and each chapter contains a range of new study questions and research tasks, with suggested answers. Unrivalled in its popularity, The Study of Language is quite simply the best introduction to the field available today.

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Author information

George Yule has taught Linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawai'i, Louisiana State and Minnesota. He is the author of Pragmatics (1996) and Explaining English Grammar (1998).

Review quote

'Very clear and easy to read for beginners; user-friendly and non-threatening to those nervous of linguistics; chapters in absorbable bite-size chunks.' Jean Aitchison, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication, University of Oxford 'Perfect for the beginners' level introductory linguistics course, both in style and content. The exercises and discussion are excellent. One of the highlights of the book is the clear links between chapters.' Hugh Buckingham, Professor of Linguistics, Louisiana State University 'An impressive breadth of coverage ... clear presentation, lucid style and accessibility ... a solid foundation for further study in linguistics as well as being a pleasure to read in its own right.' Alan Smith, Web Journal of Modern Languages and Linguistics

Table of contents

1. The origins of language; 2. Animals and human language; 3. The development of writing; 4. The sounds of language; 5. The sound patterns of language; 6. Words and word-formation processes; 7. Morphology; 8. Phrases and sentences: grammar; 9. Syntax; 10. Semantics; 11. Pragmatics; 12. Discourse analysis; 13. Language and the brain; 14. First language acquisition; 15. Second language acquisition/learning; 16. Gestures and sign languages; 17. Language history and change; 18. Language and regional variation; 19. Language and social variation; 20. Language and culture.