Language is essential to human life, both as a basic social necessity and also as a powerful and complex social resource. For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics offers a comprehensive introduction to the workings of language and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design. This thorough and engaging investigation into language and linguistics covers topics including: * strategies for learning about how language works * using linguistics to address real-world problems * the structure and meaning of words * the systems that organise language * changes to language over time * how language is used in written and spoken communication * the links between language, the mind and the world. Written by authors with extensive academic experience in the field of linguistics and including examples from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to engage the reader, For the Love of Language is a lively yet comprehensive resource for undergraduate students in foundation linguistics.
Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her main areas of research are: grammatical change in Germanic languages, the Pennsylvania German spoken by Amish/Mennonite communities in North America, the notion of linguistic taboo and the structure and history of English. She is a regular presenter of language segments on radio and has appeared as a panelist on ABC TV's 'Can We Help?'. Tonya N. Stebbins has had a distinguished academic career as a lecturer, researcher and administrator. Among the subjects Dr Stebbins has taught for many years at the tertiary level are English grammar and subjects on the sociology of language and on bilingualism and language acquisition. Her online grammar learning tool, Grammarpedia (www.languagetools.info/grammarpedia), was developed to support a blended learning approach to English grammar and has been used in tertiary courses on English grammar since 2008. Between 2010 and 2012, Dr Stebbins led the Centre for Research on Language Diversity (CRLD) at La Trobe University. CRLD, formerly known as the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, is one of Australia's leading institutes for grammatical research and language documentation for little known minority languages. In March 2012, Dr Stebbins commenced a 12-month leave of absence from La Trobe University to establish Languagewise, a consultancy specialising in innovative strategies for language development, and to make a more direct contribution to the support of language development and language diversity in the community.
Part I. 'Using Language to Expose Language' - Setting the Scene: 1. What is language?; 2. What linguists do; 3. Ways to study language; Part II. 'In the Beginning was the Word' - Words, their Structure and Meaning: 4. What's in a word?; 5. Morphology - the structure of words; 6. Semantics - the meaning of words; Part III. 'The Deep Grooves of Language' - Sounds and Grammar; 7. Phonetics; 8. Phonology - the sound system; 9. Syntax - the structure of sentences; Part IV. 'Language Is a Social Fact' - Variation and Change: 10. Variation and identity; 11. Structure across time; 12. Languages and cultures in contact; Part V. 'Language that Rolls up its Sleeves' - Language at Work: 13. Language and text; 14. Language and interaction; 15. Language and social values; Part VI. 'Language is the Dress of Thought' - Language, Mind and World: 16. Language, mind and the brain; 17. Language acquisition; 18. Computational linguistics.