Language: The Basics

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Routledge, Sep 2, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 264 pages

What makes human language unique?
Do women speak differently from men?
Just what is the meaning of "meaning"?

Language: The Basics provides a concise introduction to the study of language. Written in an engaging and entertaining style, it encourages the reader to think about the way language works.

It features:

* chapters on 'Language in Use', 'Attitudes to Language', 'Children and Language' and 'Language, Mind and Brain'
* a section on sign language
* a glossary of key terms
* handy annotated guides to further reading.

Providing an accessible overview of a fascinating subject, this is an essential book for all students and anyone who's ever been accused of splitting an infinitive.

 

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Contents

to three feeding stations A B and C
9
Stimulusfreedom
10
Signing chimps
23
The categories of grammar
37
Language and meaning
47
Word meanings and the structure of the vocabulary
53
Meaning and the world
62
Further reading
69
English come from?
108
Further reading
115
Language and context
122
Writing it down
130
Getting what you want
138
Language mind and brain
145
Funny things tongues
159
Why is this happening?
173

Other types of variation
75
Language and identity
82
Further reading
89
Thats a nice word youve got there
97
Attitudes to language
187
a reprise
206
References
229
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