Investigating Language: Central Problems in Linguistics / Edition 1by Ronald Wardhaugh
Pub. Date: 01/16/1991
This book is intended for anyone with a serious interest in language, but particularly for students taking introductory courses in language and linguistics. It is not a catalogue of facts and theories but a book about ideas and issues. Rather than summarize the range of research being conducted in linguistics today, it explores a number of the fundamental key questions which concern linguists, they are treated in way that is as accessible as possible. The book includes a glossary of technical terms and a chapter outlining the way language is described in generative grammar.
Table of ContentsPreface.
1. How we might talk about 'talk'?.
2. Do only Humans Talk?.
3. Are we 'wired' for language?.
4. Does the mind matter?.
5. Why do languages Vary?.
6. Of what use is Language?.
7. How do we 'learn' a language?.
8. Describing language.
Glossary of Language terms.
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