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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.
|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|
|06||Words and pieces of words||55|
|Part 3||The outer rings||101|
|10||Language and society||113|
|11||Language and mind||131|
|12||Language and style||147|
|Part 4||Changes and comparisons||157|
|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|
|List of symbols and main abbreviations||243|
|Phonetics: the study of speech sounds||244|
Posted February 3, 2011
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