Introduction to Language

ISBN-10: 0470658967
ISBN-13: 9780470658963
Edition: 2015
Authors: Kirk Hazen
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Book details

List price: $66.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/15/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.178
Language: English

An Introduction to Language offers an engaging guide to the nature of language, focusing on how language works - its sounds, words, structures, and phrases - all investigated through wide-ranging examples from Old English to contemporary pop culture. Explores the idea of a scientific approach to language, inviting students to consider what qualities of language comprise everyday skills for us, be they sounds, words, phrases, or conversation Helps shape our understanding of what language is, how it works, and why it is both elegantly complex and essential to who we are Includes exercises within each chapter to help readers explore key concepts and directly observe the patterns that are part of all human language Examines linguistic variation and change to illustrate social nuances and language-in-use, drawing primarily on examples from English Avoids linguistic jargon, focusing instead on a broader and more general approach to the study of language, and making it ideal for those coming to the subject for the first time

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