Contemporary Linguistics : An Introduction
Contemporary Linguistics : An introduction is a comprehensive, fully up-to-date introduction to linguistics. The book covers not only how language is structured, but also how it functions both socially and culturally, and how it is acquired and processed by speakers. It will prepare students to go on to more advanced work and, at the same time, will serve as a basic reference that students can continue to consult throughout their studies.
The text explores all the core areas of linguistics as well as numerous interdisciplinary and related areas.
Core topics covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, the genetic and typological classification of the languages of the world, and historical linguistics.
Interdisciplinary areas discussed include language and the brain, psycholinguistics - the study of language processing, first and second language acquisition, language in social contexts and the fast-growing area of computational linguistics. Related areas explored include writing systems and animal communication.
A modular arrangement of the material facilitates the use of the book in courses at varying levels, and with differing emphasis. Comprehensive and up-to-date introductory text.
Includes flagged material for more advanced study, end-of-chapter exercises and a detailed glossary.
Appendices provide helpful hints for solving analytical problems.
List of technical abbreviations
1. Language a preview
2. Phonetics: the sound of language
3. Phonology: the function and patterning of sounds
4. Morphology: the analysis of word structure
5. Syntax: the analysis of sentence structure
7. Semantics: the analysis of meaning
8. Historical linguistics: the study of language change
9. The classification of languages
10. Brain and language
11. Psycholinguistics: the study of language processing
12. Language Acquisition: the emergence of grammar
13. Second language acquistion
14. Language in social contexts
15. Writing and language
16. Animal communication
17. Computational linguistics