The Study of Language

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
Designed for beginners, this best-selling textbook provides a thorough introduction to the study of language. It introduces the analysis of the key elements of language--sounds, words, structures and meanings, and provides a solid foundation in all of the essential topics. The third edition has been extensively revised to include new sections on important contemporary issues in language study, including language and culture, African American English, sign language, and slang. A comprehensive glossary provides useful explanations of technical terms, and each chapter contains a range of new study questions and research tasks, with suggested answers.

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Very informative book in terms of the origin of language.

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Contents

The origins of language
1
Animals and human language
8
The development of writing
20
The sounds of language
29
The sound patterns of language
43
Words and wordformation processes
52
Morphology
62
Phrases and sentences grammar
73
First language acquisition
149
Second language acquisitionlearning
162
Gestures and sign languages
172
Language history and change
182
Language and regional variation
194
Language and social variation
205
Language and culture
216
Suggested answers to study questions
228

Syntax
86
Semantics
100
Pragmatics
112
Discourse analysis
124
Language and the brain
137
Glossary
236
References
253
Index
265
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George Yule has taught Linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawai'i, Louisiana State and Minnesota. He is the author of Pragmatics (1996) and Explaining English Grammar (1998).

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