Linguistics: An Introduction

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A&C Black, Mar 15, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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Linguistics is a fresh and contemporary introductory textbook for all students of linguistics and language studies. Firmly based around taught courses and catering to student needs, it addresses all the topics that a student will need in their initial and subsequent study of language. With key terms, further reading, questions at the end of each chapter, exercises and key paragraphs in stand-out boxes, this is a firmly pedagogic text that takes difficult concepts and explains them in an easy to understand way, with examples taken from a range of languages across the world. Global in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, this is the textbook of choice for linguistics students.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
LANGUAGE SYSTEM AND STRUCTURE
25
LANGUAGE A HUMAN PHENOMENON
153
LANGUAGE UNIFORMITY AND DIVERSITY
247
Glossary
327

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Professor William B. McGregor is at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has published over a dozen books, including Semiotic Grammar (OUP, 1997) and The Languages of the Kimberly, Western Australia (Routledge, 2004). He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.

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