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From the Publisher"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