The Study of Language

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1996 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 294 pages
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This revised and updated edition incorporates many changes that reflect developments in language study over the past decade, including a new chapter on pragmatics, and an expansion of the chapter on semantics. There are additional sections on speech recognition systems, sign languages, women's and men's language, input in language learning, and several other topics. The Study Questions and Discussion Topics following each chapter have also been thoroughly revised, with the addition of more than 30 new tasks for students; and the Further Reading sections have been revised, updated and expanded. The new edition also has many more illustrations, examples, and quotes from a wide range of commentators, from Groucho Marx to Gary Larson. The presentation retains the clear and lively style which made the first edition a hugely popular introduction to the study of language.
 

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Contents

The origins of language
1
The development of writing
9
The properties of language
19
Animals and human language
30
The sounds of language
40
The sound patterns of language
53
Words and wordformation processes
63
Morphology
74
Language and machines
151
Language and the brain
162
First language acquisition
175
Second language acquisitionlearning
190
Sign language
202
Language history and change
213
Language varieties
226
Language society and culture
239

Phrases and sentences grammar
86
Syntax
100
Semantics
114
Pragmatics
127
Discourse analysis
139
Appendix
254
References
261
Index
286
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