How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics (Hardback)
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How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics (Hardback)

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Hardback 676 Pages / Published: 23/01/2014
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A new and exciting introduction to linguistics, this textbook presents language in all its amazing complexity, while guiding students gently through the basics. Students emerge with an appreciation of the diversity of the world's languages, as well as a deeper understanding of the structure of human language, the ways it is used, and its broader social and cultural context. Chapters introducing the nuts and bolts of language study (phonology, syntax, meaning) are combined with those on the 'functions' of language (discourse, prosody, pragmatics, and language contact), helping students gain a better grasp of how language works in the real world. A rich set of language 'profiles' help students explore the world's linguistic diversity, identify similarities and differences between languages, and encourages them to apply concepts from earlier chapter material. A range of carefully designed pedagogical features encourage student engagement, adopting a step-by-step approach and using study questions and case studies.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521767446
Number of pages: 676
Weight: 1560 g
Dimensions: 252 x 193 x 34 mm


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'... truly a textbook of the twenty-first century ...' Keren Rice, University of Toronto
'How Languages Work is the perfect introductory textbook on language and linguistics ... an invigorating combination of a straightforward, introductory tone and high-level scholarship. The chapter authors effectively communicate their own enthusiasm for language and linguistics in a way that promises to engender similar enthusiasm in undergraduate readers.' Thomas Payne, University of Oregon and SIL International
'Here at last is a textbook that isn't locked into theoretical dogmas but that instead introduces students to the analytical methods and skills needed for successful research! Each method and concept is carefully explained, hands-on and step-by-step.' Balthasar Bickel, University of Zurich
Advance Praise: `truly a textbook of the 21st century' --Keren Rice,Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto
`How Languages Work is the perfect introductory textbook on language and linguistics ... an invigorating combination of a straightforward, introductory tone and high-level scholarship. The chapter authors effectively communicate their own enthusiasm for language and linguistics in a way that promises to engender similar enthusiasm in undergraduate readers.' --Thomas Payne, University of Oregon and SIL International
"Here at last is a textbook that isn't locked into theoretical dogmas but that instead introduces students to the analytical methods and skills needed for successful research! Each method and concept is carefully explained, hands-on and step-by-step.'' --Balthasar Bickel, University of Zurich

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