Linguistics: An Introduction
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Reader-friendly and accessible, this introduction to linguistic methodology and theory assumes no previous background in linguistics and eases students, with step-by-step guidance, into the technical aspects of language. It provides comprehensive coverage of the five core areas of theoretical linguistics--phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics--and adds br...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published April 18th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1996)
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Pierre Corneille
On the one hand, this book is a very thorough introduction to basic linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The Socratic style Napoli engages in can get a bit cumbersome after a while, however. In the first chapter, on phonetics, the Socratic style works well, especially if the reader has no experience with linguistics, because it helps dispel a lot of confusion between orthography and phonetic and phonemic representations. But in the later chapters, I found myself...more
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Donna Jo Napoli is both a linguist and a writer of children's and YA fiction.

Donna Jo has five children. She dreams of moving to the woods and becoming a naturalist. She loves to garden and bake bread.

At various times her house and yard have been filled with dogs, cats, birds, and rabbits. For thirteen years she had a cat named Taxi, and liked to go outside and call, "Taxi!" to...more
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