Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation An Introduction to Applied Linguistics and Sociolinguistics for Nonspecialists

ISBN-10: 0472030388
ISBN-13: 9780472030385
Edition: 2nd 2005
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List price: $28.50
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 3/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.090
Language: English

Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation, Second Edition, provides an introduction to the study of language and applied linguistics for students who have had a minimum of exposure to the discipline of linguistics. Using clear, easy-to-understand explanations and examples, this text avoids the in-depth theoretical coverage found in texts written for those who specialize in linguistics or SLA. As a result, this book is perfect for students whose chosen fields require them to be acquainted with the ways language works, such as future teachers, psychologists, sociologists, and anthropologists, but who do not intend to become linguists. The text is also suitable for English or ESL/EFL teachers who need a reference volume about various aspects of language, particularly as it applies to teaching. Each chapter includes educational implications of each topic, plus research projects and further readings. The text also appeals to those obtaining additional certification for public school teaching. The second edition of Understanding Language Structure, Interaction, and Variation is enhanced and updated with an expanded treatment of English grammar, new topics like computer-mediated communication, current figures and data, and an up-to-date bibliography. This text purposely covers more than enough material for a one-term course so that it may be used in a wide range of courses and classroom settings. A separate workbook providing extra practice is also available.

Salvatore Attardo, Ph.D., is Professor and Head of the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce and at present is serving as Interim Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences.� He holds degrees from The Catholic University of Milan (Doctorate, French Language and Literature, 1986) and Purdue University (Ph.D., Linguistics/English, 1991).� He has published two books on the linguistics of humor, and he is also the Editor-in-Chief of HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research . �He has published extensively in pragmatics and semantics, primarily on issues relating to implicatures, irony, rationality and Neo-Gricean Pragmatics.� His other areas of interest are in sociolinguistics, cognitive linguistics, and computational semantics.

Introduction to linguistics
The building blocks of language
How do we mean things?
Sociolinguistics
Language variation
Language and social groups
Pidgins and Creoles
African-American vernacular English
Language policy
Language and gender
Literacy
First language acquisition
Second language acquisition
Language and literature
Linguistics in the professions
The nature of language
Historical linguistics
Pedagogical grammar

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