This is the new edition of Linguistics: An Introduction. It is a bestselling introductory textbook for all students of linguistics and language studies.
This reworked edition features:
-new chapters on sign languages, writing, and text and discourse
-coverage of writing in electronic media
-revised and updated chapters on languages of the world and psycholinguistics
Firmly based around taught courses and catering to student needs, it addresses all the topics that a student will need in their study of language. With key terms, further reading, questions at the end of each chapter, exercises and key paragraphs in stand-out boxes, this is a firmly pedagogic text that takes difficult concepts and explains them in an easy to understand way. It features examples taken from a range of languages across the world. Global in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, this is the textbook of choice for linguistics students.
The book comes with a large Companion Website, also extensively revised and expanded. For lecturers and instructors, a comprehensive Answer Book is also available to go along with the questions throughout the chapters.
William B. McGregor is a Professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
List of Figures List of Maps List of Tables Preface Acknowledgements Abbreviations and Conventions Used in Examples 1. Introduction Part I LANGUAGE: SYSTEM AND STRUCTURE 2. Sounds of Language: Phonetics and Phonology 3. Structure of Words: Morphology 4. Lexicon 5. Structure of Sentences: Syntax 6. Meaning Part II LANGUAGE: A HUMAN PHENOMENON 7. Sociolinguistics: Language in Its Social Context 8. Text and Discourse 9. Psycholinguistics: Language, the Mind and the Brain 10. Language Acquisition 11. Language in Its Biological Context Part III LANGUAGE: UNIFORMITY AND DIVERSITY 12. Sign languages 13. Writing 14. Unity and Diversity in Language Structure 15. Language Change 16. Languages of the World Glossary References Language Index Name Index Subject Index