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How to Study Linguistics

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  4 reviews
This book provides an ideal introduction to those new to the subject of linguistics. It assumes no prior knowledge and is a refreshingly practical and clear guide to an often complex subject many find daunting. The book covers all the core topics of linguistic study, with chapters discussing strategies for studying phonology, syntax and semantics, as well as branches of li ...more
Paperback, 253 pages
Published December 3rd 1999 by Palgrave MacMillan
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Alex Suarez
I picked up this book from the library because I needed help in my Intro. to Linguistics class. I found it extremely helpful in helping me to see the big picture of linguistics. Reading the class textbook was not enough for me. I would quickly get distracted and alot of the detail it presented seemed sort of random without big picture frames. So overall, in contrast with the other text Finch's book was a refresher.
محمد حسين ضاحي
The author starts off with a polemically invaluable advice - "beware of all books on linguistics". Yet, this book is very interesting in its scope and organisation, it's even inspiring.

I read selected chapters from it during my preliminary-Master's diploma to get some overall pattern of some subjects I was studying then; I wanted to know how much I know, and consequently, I miss from the big picture, and to locate the disciplines of sociolinguistics, discourse analysis and stylistics within the
Ervina Dayanthi
LAGI. I gave 4/5 just because I got an A for general linguistics 1 after I pulled an all-nighter reading this back and forth huehehahe :D x
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I really had fun with this. Ended up feeding into the wondering if math is the baseline talent for me that feeds into having talent in so many other things, as language can (as music) be linked to mathematical formulae so adequately....
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Geoffrey Finch has taught English at universities in New Zealand and Nigeria and is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Anglia Polytechnic University, UK, where he lectures and writes on both language and literature.
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