Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

LINGUISTICS FOR EVERYONE: AN INTRODUCTION, Second Edition, connects the study of linguistics to the language you use every day. The text is very user-friendly: casual writing style, logical presentation of material, balance of theoretical and practical, entertaining information, and lots of ideas and activities to put what you learn to use right away. The first chapter gives you the basics such as how to define language, new ways to look at grammar, your innate knowledge about language. Later chapters address core linguistics areas in depth (phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics). Many innovative and varied activities help you review and practice the content and apply the knowledge immediately. Special features throughout the book demystify common curiosities about how language works.

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"Covers all topics I typically cover and covers them extremely well…an upbeat, readable, and entertaining (without being frivolous) presentation of complex linguistic concepts. Truly, I have never encountered such an engaging introduction to the linguistic sciences."

"…offers students a more organized text and requires fewer modifications from teachers . . . presents the study of language in a way that makes students want to learn more…. a rare find in an introductory linguistics text."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111344382
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 716,020
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kristin Denham is an associate professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham; she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She and Anne Lobeck teach linguistics in the English Department and Linguistics Program at Western Washington University. They are editors of LANGUAGE IN THE SCHOOLS: INTEGRATING LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE INTO K-12 TEACHING (Erlbaum, 2005) and LINGUISTICS AT SCHOOL: LANGUAGE AWARENESS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Both authors are active in research, publishing, and professional associations as well as in teaching and advising students.

Anne Lobeck is a professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham; she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She and Kristin Denham teach linguistics in the English Department and Linguistics Program at Western Washington University. They are editors of LANGUAGE IN THE SCHOOLS: INTEGRATING LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE INTO K-12 TEACHING (Erlbaum, 2005) and LINGUISTICS AT SCHOOL: LANGUAGE AWARENESS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Lobeck is also the author of DISCOVERING GRAMMAR: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH SENTENCE STRUCTURE (Oxford University Press, 2000). Both authors are active in research, publishing, and professional associations as well as in teaching and advising students and service.

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Table of Contents

1. What Is Language and How Do We Study It? 2. The Human Capacity for Language. 3. Phonetics: Describing Sounds. 4. Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language. 5. Morphology: Words and Their Parts. 6. Morphological Typology and Word Formation. 7. Syntax: Heads and Phrases. 8. Syntax: Phrase Structure and Syntactic Rules. 9. Semantics: Making Meaning with Words. 10. Semantics and Pragmatics: Making Meaning with Sentences. 11. The Early Story of English. 12. English Goes Global. 13. Representing Language: The Written Word. 14. The Life Cycle of Language.

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