Linguistics An Introduction to Language and Communication

ISBN-10: 0262513706

ISBN-13: 9780262513708

Edition: 6th 2010

Authors: Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer, Robert M. Harnish

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This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as completely separate fields, the book shows how they interact. It provides a sound introduction to linguistic methodology while encouraging students to consider why people are intrinsically interested in language--the ultimate puzzle of the human mind. The text first treats such structural and interpretive parts of language as morphology, phonology, syntax, and semantics, then takes a cognitive perspective and covers such topics as pragmatics, psychology of language, language acquisition, and language and the brain. For this sixth edition, all chapters have been revised. New material includes updated examples, new special topics sections, and new discussions of the minimalist program, semantic minimalism, human genetic relationships and historical relationships among languages, Gricean theories, experimental pragmatics, and language acquisition. The organization of the book gives instructors flexibility in designing their courses. Chapters have numerous subsections with core material presented first and additional material following as special topics. The accompanying workbook supplements the text with exercises drawn from a variety of languages. The goal is to teach basic conceptual foundations of linguistics and the methods of argumentation, justification, and hypothesis testing within the field. By presenting the most fundamental linguistics concepts in detail, the text allows students to get a feeling for how real work in different areas of linguistics is done.
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Book details

List price: $60.00
Edition: 6th
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 3/26/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 648
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.674
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Note to the Teacher
The Structure of Human Language
Introduction
What Is Linguistics?
Morphology: The Study of the Structure of Words
Words: Some Background Concepts
Complex Words and Morphemes
Neologisms: How Are New Words Created?
Inflectional versus Derivational Morphology
Problematic Aspects of Morphological Analysis
Special Topics
Phonetics and Phonemic Transcription
Some Background Concepts
The Representation of Speech Sounds
Special Topics
Phonology: The Study of Sound Structure
What Is Phonology?
The Internal Structure of Speech Sounds: Distinctive Feature Theory
The External Organization of Speech Sounds
Special Topic
Syntax: The Study of Sentence Structure
Some Background Concepts
An Informal Theory of Syntax
A More Formal Account of Early Transformational Theory
Special Topics
Semantics: The Study of Linguistic Meaning
Semantics as Part of a Grammar
Theories of Meaning
The Scope of a Semantic Theory
Special Topics
Language Variation
Language Styles and Language Dialects
Some Properties of the Grammar of Informal Style in English
Other Language Varieties
Language Change
Some Background Concepts
The Reconstruction of Indo-European and the Nature of Language Change
The Linguistic History of English
Special Topics
Communication and Cognitive Science
Introduction
Pragmatics: The Study of Language Use and Communication
Some Background Concepts
The Message Model of Linguistic Communication
The Inferential Model of Linguistic Communication
Discourse and Conversation
Special Topics
Psychology of Language: Speech Production and Comprehension
Performance Models
Speech Production
Language Comprehension
Special Topics
Language Acquisition in Children
Some Background Concepts
Is There a ‘‘Language Acquisition Device��?
Is the Human Linguistic Capacity Unique? Children and Primates Compared
Special Topic
Language and the Brain
Is Language Localized in the Brain�and If So, Where?
How Does the Brain Encode and Decode Speech and Language?
Are the Components of Language Neuroanatomically Distinct?
Special Topics
Appendix
The Written Representation of Language
Glossary
Index
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