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Overview

Teach Yourself Linguistics is a straightforward introduction to linguistics, the systematic study that seeks to answer two fundamental questions: "What is language?" and "How does language work?" This book outlines the scope of linguistics, explaining the basic concepts and essential terminology. It discusses sound patterning, syntax, and meaning, as well as the rapidly growing areas of pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and stylistics. And it explores language and linguistic typology, as well as contemporary uses of language and style in literature, advertising, and newspapers.

Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071429825
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/26/2004
  • Series: Teach Yourself Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Part 1 Starting out 1
01 What is linguistics? 3
02 What is language? 12
03 The study of language 25
04 Deciding where to begin 34
Part 2 The Inner circles 41
05 Sound patterns 43
06 Words and pieces of words 55
07 Sentence patterns 68
08 Meaning 87
Part 3 The outer rings 101
09 Using language 103
10 Language and society 113
11 Language and mind 131
12 Language and style 147
Part 4 Changes and comparisons 157
13 Language change 159
14 Comparing languages 171
15 Attitudes towards change 184
Part 5 Towards a universal grammar 191
16 Seeking a suitable framework 193
17 Trouble with transformations 207
18 Back to basics 219
Epilogue 230
Further reading 231
List of symbols and main abbreviations 243
Phonetics: the study of speech sounds 244
Index 253
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