Linguistics: An Introduction

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Written by a team based at one of the world's leading centres for linguistic teaching and research, the second edition of this highly successful textbook offers a unified approach to language, viewed from a range of perspectives essential for students' understanding of the subject. Using clear explanations throughout, the book is divided into three main sections: sounds, words, and sentences. In each, the foundational concepts are introduced, along with their application to the fields of child language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language disorders, and sociolinguistics, giving the book a unique yet simple structure that helps students to engage with the subject more easily than other textbooks on the market. This edition includes a completely new section on sentence use, including an introduction and discussion of core areas of pragmatics and conversational analysis; coverage of sociolinguistic topics, introducing communities of practice; a wealth of new exercise material and updated further reading.
 

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Contents

Introduction GNP
1
Psycholinguistics
9
Exercises
17
Introduction
25
Sound variation
47
Sound change
61
diffusion
67
Child phonology
96
Lexical disorders
213
Lexical variation and change
224
Further reading and references
242
Sentence structure
257
Empty categories
271
Movement
293
Syntactic variation
311
Sentence meanings and Logical Form
330

Exercises
106
Speech production
113
Exercises
120
Introduction
127
Building Words
140
Morphology across languages
156
Children and Words
186
Lexical processing and the mental lexicon
199
Childrens sentences
349
Sentence processing
366
Syntactic disorders
377
Using sentences
388
Further reading and references
405
The International Phonetic Alphabet
411
Index
422
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Andrew Radford is Professor and Head of Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Martin Atkinson is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

David Britain is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Harald Clahsen is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

Andrew Spencer is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

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