This is a new kind of textbook for courses in introductory linguistics. It makes clear what is important or essential, and omits what is not. It is strictly selective, highly structured, focused, to-the-point, and informative. It presents material in a way that mirrors the structure of a typical semester of teaching and will meet both the needs of the busy student who wants to get straight to the point and the instructor looking for a textbook which both identifies key material and integrates it with numerous exercises to engage the student in active learning.
The author is Professor of Linguistics at Michigan State University. He specializes in phonology, Ethiopian and Afroasiatic languages and linguistics, and adult language learning. He is the author of a comparative dictionary of Ethiopian languages and numerous articles appearing as book chapters or in journals such as Language, the Journal of Linguistics, the Journal of African Languages and Linguistics, Studies in African Linguistics, and Linguistics.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Preface. Acknowledgments. 1. Signs and Sign Systems. 2. Phonetics. 3. Phones and Phonemes. 4. Morphemes. 5. The Lexicon and Morphological Rules. 6. Sentences and Syntax. 7. Phrase Structure Rules. 8. Child Language Learning. 9. Explanations of Child Language Learning. 10. Language and the Brain. 11. Adult Language Learning. 12. Animal Languages? 13. Phonological Rules. 14. Phonological Features. 15. Six Ways to Get New Words. 16. Seven More Ways to Get New Words. 17. Sentence Meaning. 18. Sentence Form. 19. Pragmatics: Inferring Meaning in Context. 20. The Unity of Languages. 21. The Basic History of Writing. 22. The Ecology of Writing. 23. Three Characteristics of Language Change. 24. Eight Causes of Language Change. 25. Language Families. 26. Dialects and Other Sociolects. 27. Register. 28. The History of Linguistics. References. Index.