An Introduction to Language / Edition 8by Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams, Nina Hyams
Pub. Date: 05/31/2006
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Ninth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and… See more details below
Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Ninth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that have made the text a perennial best-seller, while adding new information and exercises that render each topic fresh, engaging, and current.
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Table of Contents
Part 1: THE NATURE OF HUMAN LANGUAGE. 1. What Is Language? Linguistic Knowledge. What Is Grammar? Animal "Languages." In the Beginning: The Origin of Language and Thought. What We Know about Language. 2. Brain and Language. The Human Brain. The Autonomy of Language. Language and Brain Development. Part 2: GRAMMATICAL ASPECTS OF LANGUAGE. 3. Morphology: The Words of Language. Dictionaries. Content Words and Function Words. Morphemes: The Minimal Units of Meaning. Rules of Word Formation. Sign Language Morphology. Morphological Analysis: Identifying Morphemes. 4. Syntax: The Sentence Patterns of Language. What the Syntax Rules Do. Sentence Structure. Sentence Relatedness. UG Principles and Parameters. Sign Language Syntax. 5. The Meaning of Language. What Speakers Know about Sentence Meaning. Compositional Semantics. Lexical Semantics (Word Meanings). Pragmatics. 6. Phonetics: The Sounds of Language. Sound Segments. Articulatory Phonetics. Prosodic Features. Phonetic Symbols and Spelling Correspondences. The "Phonetics" of Signed Languages. 7. Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language. The Pronunciation of Morphemes. Phonemes: The Phonological Units of Language. Distinctive Features of Phonemes. The Rules of Phonology. Prosodic Phonology. Sequential Constraints of Phonemes. Why Do Phonological Rules Exist? Phonological Analysis. Part 3: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LANGUAGE. 8. Language Acquisition. Mechanisms of Language Acquisition. Knowing More Than One Language. 9. Language Processing: Humans and Computers. The Human Mind at Work: Human Language Processing. Computer Processing of Human Language. Part 4: LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY. 10. Language in Society. Dialects. Language and Education. Language in Use. 11. Language Change: The Syllables of Time. The Regularity of Sound Change. Phonological Change. Morphological Change. Syntactic Change. Lexical Change. Reconstructing "Dead" Languages. Extinct and Endangered Languages. The Genetic Classification of Languages. Types of Languages. Why Do Languages Change? 12. Writing: The ABCs of Language. The History of Writing. Modern Writing Systems. Writing and Speech. Glossary. Index.
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