English Linguistics: A Coursebook for Students of English

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Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 368 pages
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The book introduces the reader to the central areas of English linguistics. The main sections are: the English language and linguistics - sounds - meaning-carrying units - sentences: models of grammar - meaning - utterances - variation. Notably, the book is written from a foreign student's perspective of the English language, i.e. aspects relevant to foreign language teaching receive particular attention. A great deal of emphasis is put on the insights to be gained from the analysis of corpora, especially with respect to the idiomatic character of language (idiom principle, valency approach). In addition, the text offers basic facts about the history of the language and elaborates on the differences between British and American English.

The author demonstrates that a linguistic fact can usually be described in more than one way. To this end, each section contains a chapter written for beginners providing a broad outline and introducing the basic terminology. The remaining chapters in each section highlight linguistic facts in more detail and give an idea of how particular theories account for them.

The book can be used both from the first semester onwards and as perfect study aid for final B.A.-examinations.

 

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Contents

1 Facts about English
1
2 Principles of modern linguistics
12
3 Language intuition and corpora
27
phonetics
43
5 Phonology
56
6 Phonetic reality
67
7 Contrastive aspects of phonetics and phonology
76
8 Morphology
83
12 Valency theory and case grammar
171
13 Theories of grammar and language acquisition
200
meaning reference and denotation
220
15 Meaning relations
233
16 Ways of describing meaning
247
17 Pragmatics
265
18 Texts
283
19 Variation in language
302

9 Word formation
95
10 Phraseology
125
traditional grammar
141
20 Linguistic change
315
Backmatter
330
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Thomas Herbst, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

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