Introducing English Linguistics

Introducing English Linguistics

by Charles F. Meyer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521833507

ISBN-13: 9780521833509

Pub. Date: 06/22/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students' interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, it takes a top-down approach to language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the text,

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Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students' interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, it takes a top-down approach to language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the text, and working its way down through successively smaller structures (sentences, words, and finally speech sounds). The advantage of presenting language this way is that students are first given the larger picture - they study language in context - and then see how the smaller pieces of language are a consequence of the larger goals of linguistic communication. Second, the book does not contain invented examples, as is the case with most comparable texts, but instead takes its sample materials from the major computerised databases of spoken and written English, giving students a more realistic view of language.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521833509
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2009
Series:
Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics Series
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1. The study of language; 2. The development of English; 3. The social context of English; 4. The structure of English texts; 5. English syntax; 6. English words: structure and meaning; 7. The sounds of English.

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