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Language: Its Structure and Use
Finegan's best selling text, LANGUAGE: ITS STRUCTURE AND USE, Fourth Edition maintains its relevance with new emphasis on the political and social aspects of language including "Applications to the Professions."
Paperback, 656 pages
Published October 30th 2003 by Cengage Learning
(first published 1989)
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Despite occasional misinterpretations, people in most situations manage to understand utterances essentially as they were intended. The reason is that, without cause to expect otherwise, interlocutors normally trust that they and their conversational partners are honoring the same interpretive conventions. Hearers assume simply that speakers have honored the conventions of interpretation in constructing their utterances. Speakers, on the other hand, must make a twofold assumption: not only that ...more
I used this book for my graduate level linguistics class. Students said that it was easy-to-read and I especially liked the pragmatics and discourse sections of this book. I think there is not a completely satisfactory linguistics book, and all of them at some point need to be supplemented with outside materials. This one for example does not have any section on psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics. As the title suggests, the book has two main sections (in addition to some historical discussio ...more
Mar 21, 2008 L Jung rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Recommended to L by: Michal.. I miss you, lady!
Aside from the editing mistakes, this book rocks my world. Sentence trees? Bilabial stops? Makes me shudder with pleasure. I will be naming my firstborn Finegan. And my secondborn.
Jul 12, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone interested in linguistics
Recommended to Anna by: my linguistics professor
This was my textbook for my graduate level linguistics course. It's fantastic. I learned so much from the text because the material is really well presented within chapters and chapters are broken up in a way that makes the study of linguistics easier to digest. I enjoyed doing the exercises at the end of the chapter because they weren't just read-and-regurjitate kinds of problems -- you really had to think. It's definitely not a book for slackers and its' not "Linguistics for Dummies" but if yo ...more
Mar 05, 2016 King Haddock rated it liked it · review of another edition
As far as textbooks, not the worst I've picked up. The reading was easy and understandable, the content useful and informative, if basic (but then, we're talking about an introductory level textbook).