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: 0262513706

ISBN-13: 9780262513708

Pub. Date: 03/26/2010

Publisher: MIT Press

This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as completely separate fields, the book shows how they interact. It provides a sound introduction to linguistic methodology while encouraging students to consider why people are intrinsically interested in

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This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as completely separate fields, the book shows how they interact. It provides a sound introduction to linguistic methodology while encouraging students to consider why people are intrinsically interested in language—the ultimate puzzle of the human mind.

The text first treats such structural and interpretive parts of language as morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics, then takes a cognitive perspective and covers such topics as pragmatics, psychology of language, language acquisition, and language and the brain. For this sixth edition, all chapters have been revised. New material includes updated examples, new special topics sections,and new discussions of the minimalist program, semantic minimalism, human genetic relationships and historical relationships among languages, Gricean theories,experimental pragmatics, and language acquisition.

The organization of the book gives instructors flexibility in designing their courses.

Chapters have numerous subsections with core material presented first and additional material following as special topics. The accompanying workbook supplements the text with exercises drawn from a variety of languages. The goal is to teach basic conceptual foundations of linguistics and the methods of argumentation,justification, and hypothesis testing within the field. By presenting the most fundamental linguistics concepts in detail, the text allows students to get a feeling for how real work in different areas of linguistics is done.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262513708
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
03/26/2010
Edition description:
sixth edition
Pages:
648
Sales rank:
390,632
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(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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