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This book is a beautifully organized, clear and readable introduction to the field of linguistics. The writing is lively and interesting, while at the same time presenting complex and often technical ideas in a manner that's both accurate and accessible. Students brand new to the discipline will enjoy reading this book, and linguists who teach introductory courses will benefit from its clear and direct explanations.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
Defining and Acquiring Language
What Every Native Speaker Secretly Understands
Human Language versus Animal Communication Systems
Structures of Language
Morphology: The Structure of Words
The History of English
Language in Use
Semantics: Language and Meaning
Pragmatics: Language in Use
Electronic-Mediated Communication and Its Effects on Language
Language Variation and Change
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