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Introduction to Language

ISBN-10: 1428263926
ISBN-13: 9781428263925
Edition: 9th 2011
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Book details

List price: $241.95
Edition: 9th
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 640
Size: 7.30" wide x 9.10" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.310
Language: English

Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Ninth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that have made the text a perennial best-seller, while adding new information and exercises that render each topic fresh, engaging, and current.

Robert Rodman received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1961, a master's degree in mathematics in 1965, a master's degree in linguistics in 1971, and a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1973. He has been on the faculties of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kyoto Industrial College in Japan, and North Carolina State University, where he is currently professor of computer science specializing in the areas of forensic linguistics, computer speech processing, and speaker verification and identification.

The Nature Of Human Language
What Is Language?
Linguistic Knowledge
What Is Grammar?
Animal "Languages." In the Beginning: The Origin of Language and Thought
What We Know about Language
Brain and Language
The Human Brain
The Autonomy of Language
Language and Brain Development
Grammatical Aspects Of Language
Morphology: The Words of Language
Dictionaries
Content Words and Function Words
Morphemes: The Minimal Units of Meaning
Rules of Word Formation
Sign Language Morphology
Morphological Analysis: Identifying Morphemes
Syntax: The Sentence Patterns of Language
What the Syntax Rules Do
Sentence Structure
Sentence Relatedness
UG Principles and Parameters
Sign Language Syntax
The Meaning of Language
What Speakers Know about Sentence Meaning
Compositional Semantics
Lexical Semantics (Word Meanings)
Pragmatics
Phonetics: The Sounds of Language
Sound Segments
Articulatory Phonetics
Prosodic Features
Phonetic Symbols and Spelling Correspondences
The "Phonetics" of Signed Languages
Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language
The Pronunciation of Morphemes
Phonemes: The Phonological Units of Language
Distinctive Features of Phonemes
The Rules of Phonology
Prosodic Phonology
Sequential Constraints of Phonemes
Why Do Phonological Rules Exist?
Phonological Analysis
The Psychology Of Language
Language Acquisition
Mechanisms of Language Acquisition
Knowing More Than One Language
Language Processing: Humans and Computers
The Human Mind at Work: Human Language Processing
Computer Processing of Human Language
Language And Society
Language in Society
Dialects
Language and Education
Language in Use
Language Change: The Syllables of Time
The Regularity of Sound Change
Phonological Change
Morphological Change
Syntactic Change
Lexical Change
Reconstructing "Dead" Languages
Extinct and Endangered Languages
The Genetic Classification of Languages
Types of Languages
Why Do Languages Change?
Writing: The ABCs of Language
The History of Writing
Modern Writing Systems
Writing and Speech
Glossary
Index

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