A comprehensive and critical A-Z guide to the main terms and concepts used in the study of language and linguistics, definitions featured include: * terms used in grammatical analysis * branches of linguistics from semantics to neurolinguistics * approaches used in studying language from critical discourse analysis to systemic linguistics * linguistic phenomena from code-switching to conversational implicature * language varieties from pidgin to standard language. This fully updated second edition includes a new introduction, a wide range of new entries (reflecting developments in linguistics) and added specialized further reading for lecturers and more advanced students.
R.L. Trask (1994-2004) was the highly regarded Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. His numerous publications included Language: the Basics (1995) and A Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology (1995). Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and the editor of the Routledge English Language Introductions Series.