Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication / Edition 6

Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication / Edition 6

by Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer, Robert M. Harnish
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262013754

ISBN-13: 9780262013758

Pub. Date: 03/26/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

This popular introductory linguistics text is unique in the way various themes are integrated throughout the book. One primary theme is the question, "How is a speaker's communicative intent recognized?" Rather than treat phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics as completely separate fields, the text shows how they interact in principled…  See more details below

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This popular introductory linguistics text is unique in the way various themes are integrated throughout the book. One primary theme is the question, "How is a speaker's communicative intent recognized?" Rather than treat phonology, phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics as completely separate fields, the text shows how they interact in principled ways. Similarly, language variation and acquisition are informed by results in these fields. The text provides a sound introduction to linguistic methodology while also revealing why people are intrinsically interested in language--the ultimate puzzle of the human mind.

The fifth edition has been thoroughly revised. Revisions include, but are not limited to, the addition of "selected readings" sections, updated examples, new discussion on the creative nature of neologisms, and the use of IPA as the primary transcription system throughout. This edition also includes an account of the patterns of occurrence of reduced vowels in English. An understanding of these patterns enables the reader to write a phonemic transcription of any English word.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262013758
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/26/2010
Edition description:
sixth edition
Pages:
648
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note to the Teacher
Ch. 1What Is Linguistics?5
Ch. 2Morphology: The Study of the Structure of Words11
Ch. 3Phonetics and Phonemic Transcription65
Ch. 4Phonology: The Study of Sound Structure109
Ch. 5Syntax: The Study of Sentence Structure149
Ch. 6Semantics: The Study of Linguistic Meaning227
Ch. 7Language Variation275
Ch. 8Language Change315
Ch. 9Pragmatics: The Study of Language Use and Communication361
Ch. 10Psychology of Language: Speech Production and Comprehension417
Ch. 11Language Acquisition in Children477
Ch. 12Language and the Brain527
AppThe Written Representation of Language561
Glossary571
Index591

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