An Introduction to Language

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2013 - Education - 624 pages
Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Tenth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that have made the book a perennial best-seller, while adding new information and exercises that render each topic fresh, engaging, and current.
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Contents

What is Language?
1
Morphology The Words of Language
33
Syntax The Sentence Patterns of Language
76
The Meaning of Language
139
Phonetics The Sounds of Language
189
Phonology The Sound Patterns of Language
224
Language in Society
279
Language Change The Syllables of Time
337
Language Acquisition
394
Language Processing and the Human Brain
444
Computer Processing of Human Language
495
Writing The ABCs of Language
527
Glossary
555
Index
587
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