What Is This Thing Called Language?

What Is This Thing Called Language?

by David Nunan

Paperback(2nd ed. 2012)

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780230291379
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Edition description: 2nd ed. 2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,205,252
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

DAVID NUNAN is Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Anaheim University, USA, and Emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures.- Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Introduction to the First Edition: The Stuff that Surrounds Us.- Introduction to the Second Edition: A Personal Account.- What is this Thing Called Language?.- The Sound System.- The Lexical System.- The Grammatical System.- Doing Things with Spoken Language.- Doing Things with Written Language.- First and Second Language Acquisition.- Language at Play.- Language, Culture and Identity.- Language in a Global Context.- Postscript.- Books to Read on a Long Plane Flight.- Key Figures.- Glossary.- References.- Author Index.- Subject Index.

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Rich in insight, wonderful examples, very readable, brilliantly analytical, simultaneously amusing and highly serious, accessible, humane and aimed directly at anyone interested in knowing more about human language and its study; and, to borrow one of David Nunan's own phrases – one of the most un-put-down-able books I have read.' Professor Ronald Carter, School of English, University of Nottingham, UK.

'This highly readable book is an ideal gift to give anyone who doesn't know much about language but might want to learn. It could be an avenue into the study of linguistics for secondary school and university students, a great introduction to language issues for members of the press and the government, or even a way to explain to non-linguists (your parents, for instance) what it is that linguists do. It is packed with information but is still an enjoyable and entertaining read.' Professor Kathi Bailey, Monterey Institute of International Studies, US

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