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For the Love of Language

For the Love of Language

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Tonya N. Stebbins Kate Burridge
Cambridge University Press, 1/31/2016
EAN 9781107618831, ISBN10: 1107618835

Paperback, 450 pages, 28.1 x 21.1 x 2.7 cm
Language: English

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.

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.