Essential Introductory Linguistics / Edition 1

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This is a new kind of textbook for courses in introductory linguistics. It makes clear what is important or essential, and omits what is not. It is strictly selective, highly structured, focused, to-the-point and informative. It presents material in a way that mirrors the structure of a typical semester of teaching, and integrates many exercises into the text.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Grover Hudson's new textbook is an exciting discovery, unlike anyother introductory text in linguistics I have seen, and I eagerlyanticipate ordering it. It appears perfectly suited forhigher-level introductory classes, such as those for upper-divisionundergraduates and graduate students or specifically forlinguistics majors. As its title implies, it concentrates on theessentials, everything most instructors of a second linguisticscourse will want their students to know from the first, and nothingthey won't care if their students don't know yet." Jeffrey P.Kaplan, San Diego State University

"Grover Hudson's book is an outstanding choice for introductorycourses in language and linguistics. It covers almost every topicone might wish to present. Its clear prose, excellent examples andrelated assignments are strong points. By covering broad topics inshort chapters at different levels, it allows the instructor totailor the book to the needs of different groups of students."Charlotte Webb, San Diego State University

"Grover Hudson's Essentials of Linguistics is awell-written student-friendly text, with the technicalities oflanguage study explained well. As a cautious but encouraging andhelpful guide, Hudson clearly explains complicated terms andconcepts - a boon to an introductory class. Yet his comprehensive,in-depth coverage of a myriad of linguistics topics makes this anideal text for higher level linguistic classes as well. Hudson usesdozens of different languages, including non-Indo-Europeanvarieties, in his examples and exercises to give students a tasteof the broad scope of world languages and thoughtfully includesboth British and American phonetics. Particularly impressive arethe number, originality, and quality of exercises provided at theend of each chapter, necessary learning tools for both thenovice/student and instructor. I am anxious to "test-drive" thistext the next time I teach linguistics!" Kathy Lyday-Lee,Professor of English and Linguistics, Elon College

"Grover Hudson's Essential Introductory Linguistics is anextremely readable and sophisticated introduction to the field oflinguistics. It provides a balanced synthesis of the mostsignificant current thinking in the field in an accessible andwell-documented way, while at the same time providing a wealth ofstudent practice and discussion material at the end of eachchapter... The material clearly results from years of refinement inclassroom use." Norman Gary, Principal Educational Consultant,Sun Microsystems Inc.'

"Thanks to its good overview of a wide range of issues,Essential Introductory Linguistics is definitely a textbook worthrecommending for introductory courses in linguistics; additionallychapters on sounds, vocabulary and word formation can be profitablyused in EFL descriptive grammar classes." Studia Linguistica

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631203049
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/19/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 554
  • Sales rank: 671,042
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

The author is Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University. He specializes in phonology, Ethiopian and Afroasiatic languages and linguistics, and adult language learning. He is the author of a comparative dictionary of Ethiopian languages and numerous articles appearing as book chapters or in journals such as Language, the Journal of Linguistics, the Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, Studies in African Linguistics, and Linguistics.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures.

List of Tables.



1. Signs and Sign Systems.

2. Phonetics.

3. Phones and Phonemes.

4. Morphemes.

5. The Lexicon and Morphological Rules.

6. Sentences and Syntax.

7. Phrase Structure Rules.

8. Child Language Learning.

9. Explanations of Child Language Learning.

10. Language and the Brain.

11. Adult Language Learning.

12. Animal Languages?.

13. Phonological Rules.

14. Phonological Features.

15. Six Ways to Get New Words.

16. Seven More Ways to Get New Words.

17. Sentence Meaning.

18. Sentence Form.

19. Pragmatics: Inferring Meaning in Context.

20. The Unity of Languages.

21. The Basic History of Writing.

22. The Ecology of Writing.

23. Three Characteristics of Language Change.

24. Eight Causes of Language Change.

25. Language Families.

26. Dialects and Other Sociolects.

27. Register.

28. The History of Linguistics.



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