Linguistics for Everyone: An Introduction

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Cengage Learning, Mar 6, 2009 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 552 pages
LINGUISTICS FOR EVERYONE: AN INTRODUCTION, First Edition is designed to capture the interest of all students, regardless of major, and offer them a thorough, engaging introduction to the science of language. To achieve this goal, they devised a unique arrangement of chapters that distinguishes this book from conventional introductory linguistics textbooks. Without sacrificing rigor, they focus on larger themes rather than on technical details or formal analysis. The book opens with a strong introductory chapter addressing basics such as how to define language, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, differences between the human language system and other animal communication systems, and so on. The second chapter, devoted to language, mind, and brain, addresses both psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic evidence for humans' innate capacity for language. To address core linguistics areas in depth, there are two chapters each on phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. Throughout the text, special features relate the study of linguistics to the language we use in the real world and every chapter includes innovative and varied activities that review and practice the content and offer your students many opportunities to apply the knowledge in their own lives.
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Contents

What Is Language and How Do We Study It?
1
The Human Capacity for Language
29
Phonetics Describing Sounds
67
Phonology The Sound Patterns of Language
101
Morphology Words and Their Parts
139
Morphological Typology and Word Formation
181
Syntax Heads and Phrases
211
Syntax Phrase Structure and Syntactic Rules
245
The Early Story of English
359
English Goes Global
399
Representing Language The Written Word
433
The Life Cycle of Language
465
Credits
498
Bibliography
499
Glossary
513
Index of Languages
521

Semantics Making Meaning with Words
285
Semantics and Pragmatics Making Meaning with Sentences
321

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Kristin Denham is an associate professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham; she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She and Anne Lobeck teach linguistics in the English Department and Linguistics Program at Western Washington University. They are editors of LANGUAGE IN THE SCHOOLS: INTEGRATING LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE INTO K-12 TEACHING (Erlbaum, 2005) and LINGUISTICS AT SCHOOL: LANGUAGE AWARENESS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Both authors are active in research, publishing, and professional associations as well as in teaching and advising students.

Anne Lobeck is a professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham; she earned a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She and Kristin Denham teach linguistics in the English Department and Linguistics Program at Western Washington University. They are editors of LANGUAGE IN THE SCHOOLS: INTEGRATING LINGUISTIC KNOWLEDGE INTO K-12 TEACHING (Erlbaum, 2005) and LINGUISTICS AT SCHOOL: LANGUAGE AWARENESS IN PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). Lobeck is also the author of DISCOVERING GRAMMAR: AN INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH SENTENCE STRUCTURE (Oxford University Press, 2000). Both authors are active in research, publishing, and professional associations as well as in teaching and advising students and service.

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