Aitchison's Linguistics: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself English Reference)
By: Jean Atchison (author)Paperback
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Is this the right book for me? This classic book is a straightforward introduction to linguistics which attempts to answer two fundamental questions: 'What is language?' and 'How does language work?' It outlines the scope of linguistics, explaining basic concepts and essential terminology with examples drawn mainly from English. Sound patterning, syntax and meaning - the inner core of linguistics - are discussed simply and clearly, as are the rapidly growing areas of pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and stylistics. You will find this contemporary, easy-to-read book essential to broadening your understanding of the subtleties and power of language. Learn effortlessly with easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of linguistics.
Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
Jean Aitchison is Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication at the University of Oxford. She gave the BBC Reith Lectures in 1996.
Preface 01 What is linguistics? 02 What is language? 03 The study of language 04 Deciding where to begin 05 Sound patterns 06 Words and pieces of words 07 Sentence patterns 08 Meaning 09 Using language 10 Language and society 11 Language and mind 12 Language and style 13 Language change 14 Comparing languages 15 Attitudes towards change 16 Seeking a suitable framework 17 Trouble with transformations 18 Back to basics Epilogue Further reading List of symbols and abbreviations Phonetics: the study of speech sounds Index
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