This is a guide to the very nature of language. By covering all major aspects of linguistics with chapters on semantics (the study of meaning), phonology (the sound systems of languages) and morphology (the structure of words), as well as syntax and social variation it gives a grounding in the fundamental concepts of language and a practical analysis of its use. Concise summaries of the areas covered, a variety of texts and topic related exercises, as well as a helpful glossary, provide further aids to study and revision.
STUART C. POOLE is co-ordinator of the language programme at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Edinburgh. He teaches linguistics and Swedish and has published a textbook for Catalan. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Linguists and served for some years as chairman of its Scottish Society.
Preface What is Language? Lexis Semantics Phonetics Phonology Morphology Syntax Regional Variation Social Variation Historical Linguistics The Languages of Western Europe Writing Systems Glossary Guide to Exercises Bibliography Index
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