Linguistics: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

This textbook is a self-contained introduction to linguistics for beginning students. It offers a unified approach to language from several perspectives. A language is a complex structure represented in the minds of its speakers, and this book introduces the tools necessary, for understanding this structure. In addition, it focuses on how small children acquire their native language; the psychological processes which are involved in mature speakers producing and understanding language; linguistic difficulties that arise as a consequence of brain damage or genetic disorders; and additional issues that arise when we consider individual speakers as part of a social community.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521614788
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 450
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Radford is Professor and Head of Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Martin Atkinson is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

David Britain is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Harald Clahsen is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Andrew Spencer is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Sounds: 1. Introduction; 2. Sounds and suprasegmentals; 3. Sound variation; 4. Sound change; 5. Phonemes, syllables and phonological processes; 6. Child phonology; 7. Processing sounds; Part II. Words: 8. Introduction; 9. Word classes; 10. Building words; 11. Morphology across languages; 12. Word meaning; 13. Children and words; 14. Lexical processing and the mental lexicon; 15. Lexical disorders; 16. Lexical variation and change; Part III. Sentences: 17. Introduction; 18. Basic terminology; 19. Sentence structure; 20. Empty categories; 21. Movement; 22. Syntactic variation; 23. Sentence meanings and logical form; 24. Children's sentences; 25. Sentence processing; 26. Syntactic disorders; 27. Using sentences.

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