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Linguistics by P.H. Matthews
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Feb 25, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: science, language
Read in February, 2006

As the title says, this is indeed a very short introduction. Linguistics is a science that is well over a century old, and there's been reams and reams of paper devoted to it. Most, however, is incredibly obscure and not really geared for the casual reader. This book, fortunately, is. It does get dangerously close to an insomnia cure at times, though.

I figured I'd pick it up on the basis that I would soon be immersing myself in an intensive study of English, How To Teach It. I don't honestly know if knowing something about linguistics will help or hinder that study, but it seems like a step in the right direction.

Anyway, linguistics: the study of language, how it works and why it works. This book covers a lot of the basic branches of linguistics - the study of structure and rules, the study of phonetics, language history, brain science and so on - without bogging down too far in the details. It also provides a nice little reading list if you're interested in reading more.

Which, at the moment, I'm not.
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