An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

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Ralph Fasold, Ralph W. Fasold, Jeffrey Connor-Linton
Cambridge University Press, Mar 9, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 540 pages
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This accessible textbook is the only introduction to linguistics in which each chapter is written by an expert who teaches courses on that topic, ensuring balanced and uniformly excellent coverage of the full range of modern linguistics. Assuming no prior knowledge the text offers a clear introduction to the traditional topics of structural linguistics (theories of sound, form, meaning, and language change), and in addition provides full coverage of contextual linguistics, including separate chapters on discourse, dialect variation, language and culture, and the politics of language. There are also up-to-date separate chapters on language and the brain, computational linguistics, writing, child language acquisition, and second-language learning. The breadth of the textbook makes it ideal for introductory courses on language and linguistics offered by departments of English, sociology, anthropology, and communications, as well as by linguistics departments.
 

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Words and their
55
The structure of
97
Meaning
137
Discourse
169
Child language
205
Language and
235
Language change
275
Dialect variation
311
The politics of
373
Writing
401
FIGURE 124
410
The Rosetta Stone
423
Second language
433
Computational
465
Unrestricted grammars Turing
478
Suggestions for further reading
491

Language and
343

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Ralph Fasold is Professor Emeritus and past Chair of the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

Jeff Connor-Linton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

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