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Language (Hardcover)

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This book presents the fundamentals of Linguistics and the historical survey of Languages. It focuses mainly on the study and use of language and Languages of the world, the phonetic structure and change, syntax, Morphology, written records, Dialect Geography, Fluctuation in the Frequency of Forms, Dialect, Applications and Outlook, etc.
Bound, Hardcover, Paper Dust Jacket, 566 pages
Published 1958 by George Allen & Unwin Ltd. (first published 1935)
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Apr 08, 2008 Oscar rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all linguists, people with an interest in language
Shelves: linguistics
This book is 75 years old, yet reading it today, I can't help but feel that this would be a better introductory book for Linguistics students than the ones we use currently.

Bloomfield, over the course of a little over 500 pages covers almost every area of language imaginable, and he does so in a clear, understandable style, with a plethora of examples. It's an accessible book for any with an education, yet it is hardly shallow. In every area Bloomfield trears, it is clear he has a thorough knowl...more
I love Leonard Bloomfield and it's pretty much because of this book. Language is fun and accessible, and while some of it has not stood the test of time, a lot of it has and it is still a terrific read. Bloomfield comes across as brilliant as well as generous and he writes engagingly and clearly. I don't recommend it as an intro to linguistics because readers new to the discipline won't know what still stands from 1933 and what doesn't, but every linguist should read it. Most will really enjoy i...more
Thom Dunn
A revised version of Introduction to the Study of Language, 1914.

"The deep-rooted things about language, which mean most to all of us, are usually ignored in all but very advanced studies; this book tries to tell about them in simple terms and to show their bearing on human affairs. (vii)
Rima Muryantina
Not my favourite linguist, but this book is good enough for introduction to linguistics.
Jim Bisso
One of the first serious books I read about linguistics.
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