Linguistics

ISBN-10: 0192801481

ISBN-13: 9780192801487

Edition: 2003

Authors: P. H. Matthews

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Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects. A series of short thematic chapters look in turn at such areas as the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space (the nature of change inherent in language), grammars and dictionaries (how systematic is language?), and phonetics. Explication of the newest discoveries pertaining to language in the brain completes the coverage of all major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.
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Book details

List price: $11.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/26/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 144
Size: 4.50" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

List of illustrations
List of maps
The study of language
'Homo loquens'
Language in time and space
Language families
In praise of diversity
What is a language?
How much is systematic?
Sounds
Language and the brain
Further reading
Index
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