An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

This available textbook is the one advent to linguistics during which every one bankruptcy is written by way of a professional who teaches classes on that subject, making sure balanced and uniformly first-class insurance of the complete variety of recent linguistics. Assuming no past wisdom the textual content bargains a transparent advent to the normal issues of structural linguistics (theories of sound, shape, which means, and language change), and also presents complete insurance of contextual linguistics, together with separate chapters on discourse, dialect version, language and tradition, and the politics of language. There also are up to date separate chapters on language and the mind, computational linguistics, writing, baby language acquisition, and second-language studying. The breadth of the textbook makes it perfect for introductory classes on language and linguistics provided by means of departments of English, sociology, anthropology, and communications, in addition to through linguistics departments.

Show description

Read or Download An Introduction to Language and Linguistics PDF

Best linguistics books

Inside Old English: Essays in Honour of Bruce Mitchell

Inside of previous English: Essays in Honour of Bruce Mitchell supplies readers a finished perception into the realm of previous English.
Consists of a chain of unique essays written by way of sought after experts within the box in honour of the eminent Oxford pupil, Bruce Mitchell (co-author of the best-selling textbook, A consultant to outdated English, sixth version, Blackwell, 2001).
Encourages readers to have interaction with the literary, cultural, highbrow, spiritual and ancient contexts of previous English texts.
Explores the issues students face in analyzing and modifying previous English texts.
Highlights the basic secondary literature for every topic.
Each of the participants writes in a simple and authoritative type, drawing out connections among varied contexts and pointing readers in the direction of the fundamental secondary literature for every subject.

Syntactic Aspects of Topic and Comment (Linguistik Aktuell Linguistics Today 38)

This identify makes a speciality of the syntactic behaviour of argument noun words looking on their discourse prestige. the most language of attention is German, however it is proven that the observations could be carried over to different languages. The declare is that discourse-new arguments stay contained in the vice chairman the place they're base generated.

Additional resources for An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

Example text

You can feel this opening and closing motion as vibration in your throat. Find your larynx (you should be able to feel the bump of the adam’s apple at the front of your throat), and then hum a tune. Muscles attached to the cartilages of the larynx allow you to adjust the tension of the folds, thus adjusting the rate of vibration and raising or lowering the pitch. The faster the vibration, the higher the pitch of the voice. Other muscles also allow you to draw the folds apart so that no vibration occurs.

The active articulators move toward the passive articulators in order to constrict and shape the air that is moving out from the lungs. Active articulators include the lips, which can be opened or closed, pursed or spread, and the tongue. What we usually see of the tongue is the small, pink tip, but it is actually a large mass of interconnected muscles that fills the floor of the mouth. 3 Areas of the tongue Although the tongue has no bones or cartilage, different parts of the tongue can move fairly independently.

Phonologists ask questions such as: ◆ How do languages organize sounds to distinguish different words? ◆ How do languages restrict, or constrain, sequences of sounds? ◆ What sorts of changes (alternations) do sounds undergo if sequences arise that don’t obey the restrictions? ◆ How are sounds organized into larger constituents (syllables, words, phrases)? We begin with phonetics, the study of how speech sounds are made and perceived, and then discuss phonology, the study of how a language organizes those speech sounds into a meaningful system.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.37 of 5 – based on 28 votes