Teach Yourself Linguistics / Edition 5

Teach Yourself Linguistics / Edition 5

by Jean Aitchison
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Teach Yourself Linguistics / Edition 5

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780844226682
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date: 07/28/2000
Series: Teach Yourself Series
Edition description: 5TH
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.21(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Starting out1
01What is linguistics?3
02What is language?12
03The study of language25
04Deciding where to begin34
Part 2The Inner circles41
05Sound patterns43
06Words and pieces of words55
07Sentence patterns68
Part 3The outer rings101
09Using language103
10Language and society113
11Language and mind131
12Language and style147
Part 4Changes and comparisons157
13Language change159
14Comparing languages171
15Attitudes towards change184
Part 5Towards a universal grammar191
16Seeking a suitable framework193
17Trouble with transformations207
18Back to basics219
Further reading231
List of symbols and main abbreviations243
Phonetics: the study of speech sounds244

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