Why Study Linguistics is designed to help anyone with an interest in studying language understand what linguistics is, and what linguists do. Exploring how the scientific study of language differs from other ways of investigating this uniquely human behavior, Why Study Linguistics:
explores the various topics that students of linguistics study, including sound systems of language, the structure of words and sentences and their meanings, and the wider social context of language change and language variation;
explains what you might do with a degree in linguistics and the kinds of jobs and careers that studying linguistics prepares you for;
is supported by a list of links to additional resources available online.
This book is the first of its kind and will be essential reading for anyone considering a course of study in this fascinating subject, as well as teachers, advisors, student mentors, and anyone who wants to know more about the scientific study of language.
Kristin Denham is Professor of Linguistics at Western Washington University, USA. Anne Lobeck is Professor of Linguistics at Western Washington University, USA.
Acknowledgements Chapter 1 - Why read this book Chapter 2 - Questions Linguists Study Chapter 3 - The Study of Sound: Phonetics and Phonology Chapter 4 - The Study of Words: Morphology Chapter 5 - The Study of Sentence Structure: Syntax Chapter 6 - The Study of Meaning: Semantics and Pragmatics Chapter 7 - Studying Language Change Chapter 8 - Studying Language Variation, Language in Society Chapter 9 - Studying Language in the Brain Chapter 10 - After Studying Linguistics References Index