An Introduction to English Language

An Introduction to English Language

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Back for its fourth edition, this core textbook offers a clear and engaging introduction to the building blocks of the English language, namely its words, sounds and sentences. Assuming no prior knowledge, this text combines accessibility with depth and is an ideal companion for anyone with an interest in how language works. Written by experienced and respected lecturers in the field, this book strips the subject down to its bare bones and offers detailed and clear explanations of key topics and theories, including variation in vocabularies, the International Phonetic Alphabet and relevance theory in relation to pragmatics.

This is essential reading for undergraduate students of English Language and Linguistics. It is also a valuable resource for students on ESOL courses and teachers of English as a second or foreign language. It can be used as a stand-alone introductory text, or as a precursor to more advanced material.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25.91mm | 933g
  • Red Globe Press
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th ed. 2017
  • 171 Illustrations, black and white; 448 p. 171 illus.
  • 1137496908
  • 9781137496904
  • 2,616,384

Table of contents

1. Introduction: What is a language?.- PART I: WORDS 2. The form and function of words.- 3. Word meanings and vocabularies.- PART II: SOUNDS 4. Speech sounds.- 5. The phonology of English.- 6. Syllables and suprasegmentals.- PART III: SENTENCES 7. The structure of simple sentences.- 8. Complete syntax.- 9. Pragmatics.
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'The book gives a comprehensive overview of linguistic frameworks and the step-by-step approach will work particularly well for first year students. I like the clear, user-friendly descriptions throughout the text and the fact that it demands no prior knowledge of linguistics.' Christina Wright, University of Worcester, UK
'This is a vast and comprehensive resource for every teacher and learner of the English language. It covers aspects of the English language with a breadth that keeps astonishing me. It engages the reader in many forms - not just exercises - and stands out as the primary go-to source.' Dr Michael Pace-Sigge, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
'An Introduction to English Language is a great course book for use in English and linguistics classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. It covers all the micro fields of linguistics, presents a clear explanation of core concepts, and immerses students in the English language in a systematic way. With its extensive exercises, further reading suggestions, glossaries, and companion resources, I highly recommend this book for students and teachers.' Dr Melike Bas, Amasya University, Turkey
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About Koenraad Kuiper

Koenraad Kuiper holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a DSc from the University of Canterbury. He is the author of nine books and editor of seven. He is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has taught first year English language courses for four decades and is the recipient of the University of Canterbury's teaching medal. He has held two Fulbright Fellowships and a Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science.

Born and brought up in Scotland, W. Scott Allan attained his MA and PhD in English language and linguistics at Edinburgh University, where he subsequently taught briefly before moving to New Zealand in 1985. He published in a wide range of journals and was on the executive editorial board for The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (R.E. Asher, Pergamon Press, 1994). Scott lectured in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the Auckland University until his death in 2004.
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