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From the Publisher"Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a veryimpressive achievement, lucidly and engagingly presenting the majorareas of Chomskian theoretical linguistics. Readers who work theirway through the comprehensive presentation and the abundantwell-chosen exercises will attain a deep understanding of whatChomskian generative grammar is all about, and, even more, a feelfor what it is to actually participate in the enterprise." Howard Lasnik, University of Connecticut
"This is by far the best introductory book and the one that I willuse. It gives a real working knowledge of each area of linguisticsand maintains a consistent level of intellectual challengethroughout. The exercises are excellent."
Edwin Williams, Princeton University
"This excellent and detailed introduction to the field oflinguistics draws on an impressive range of languages. Any studentthat wants to find out about the scientific study of human languagewill profit immensely from this book."
Richard Kayne, New York University
"This textbook fills in all the gaps that are characteristic ofother introductory texts in linguistics. Each section is written bya leading figure in a particular area of linguistic theory:morphology and syntax, semantics, and phonetics and phonology. Itis impressive both in breadth and depth. Each section ends byconsidering how the particular principles that were described inthat section emerge in the course of language development, therebyreinforcing the importance of linguistic theory for understandingyoung children's universal mastery of natural language."
Stephen Crain, University of Maryland at College Park
"This is an outstanding new introduction to contemporarylinguistics, written by a team of the foremost scholars in thefield. The orientation throughout is towards real, usually current,research questions. A very nice feature is the inclusion ofchapters on language acquisition in connection with eachsubdiscipline of linguistics. I am sure this book will be thestandard introductory textbook for some time to come."
Ian Roberts, Universitat Stuttgart
"This introductory textbook is unique in the extent and depth ofthe coverage it provides. Teachers and beginning students oflinguistics and cognitive science should find it both helpful andinspiring"
Maria Luisa Zubizarreta, University of SouthernCalifornia