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Linguistics (Teach Yourself)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  22 reviews
The fascinating study of human language is brought up-to-date with the latest knowledge in the field. It includes new material on language origin, the role of verbs, language and power, sign language, and language and style.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 1st 1999 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published August 1st 1992)
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I recall there were a few chapters on Chomsky in this book and I imagine that's been revised in subsequent editions as some of his ideas have fallen out of favour as research progresses, and we have more knowledge about the degree of diversity in human language.

My take away from this book was the idea of pragmatics - that by being able to understand language pragmatically rather than literally we are able to hear phases like 'sunbathing' without having to panic or be disturbed, so long as everyb
Sajjad thaier
نبذة عن الكتاب :
يقع الكتاب في 18 فصل ابتدأته المؤلفة بتعريف علم اللسانيات وأهدافه وما يدرسه . أن هذا الكتاب هو حقا مقدمة إلى المقدمات فهو يمتاز ببساطة في البداية ويبدأ مستوى التعقيد بالصعود فصل بعد فصل . بعد التعريف بهذا العلم تبدأ الكاتب بتعريف اللغة ومكوناتها من أصوات وكلمات ومعاني وكيف ترتبط هذه ببعضها البعض لكي تكون نظام بسيط يمكننا التعرف عليه . بعد ذلك تنتقل الكاتب إلى فروع هذا العلم المختلفة من –اللغويات التاريخية, الأجتماعية ,النفسية ... – وثم ختمت الكتاب بتبيين جهود العالم الشهير تشومن
Jonathan Chuang
Apr 12, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: linguistics
Ok, now for one more of my pre-reading rants.

I used not to give two hoots about language, coming as I do from as linguistically impoverished a country as Singapore. Here, the English language is a mangled, cumbersome tool of day-to-day communication. The prevailing attitude of the Singapore peoples is that it is ok to talk about everything using crude approximations, relying on gestures and phrases borrowed from Chinese and Malay to suggest, and I say 'suggest' rather than 'express', what is on
Abeer Hoque
This compact DIY book goes through a broad introduction of the field of linguistics including basic terminology, concepts, and different branches such as sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and the one I found most interesting (for obvious reasons): stylistics, which is the linguistic analysis of literary language.

Chomsky's various linguistic theories over the years are outlined and it's clear we haven't found a unifying grammar to describe English, let alone all languages. This last is Chomsk
Oct 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any non-linguist interested in knowing linguistics better
Recommended to Sowmya by: Dr Michael Oakes
Shelves: non-fiction
Now, this is the first "Intro to Linguistics" book that made me read from beginning to end - without making me feel intimidated with the jargon. Ideal for people without that Linguistic background to get a hang of it, before starting to read an actual Linguistics textbook. It delivers what it promises. Not a bit more. Not a bit less. Like any good introductory book - it left me with N-unanswered questions. :-) Although it might sound wierd, I read most of it sitting in trains :-) That just tells ...more
Luther Wilson
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This books seems to be fulfilling its promise, and I feel I'm getting a good very-high-level overview of this subject, which will prepare me for further reading.
At about the 1/2-way point, I can say that it's still well worth it, that I'm getting a (n admittedly high-level) good overview of this subject, from which I can strike out on my own in the future...still recommended!
M. Nasiri
An introduction to linguistics and its fields like socio-linguistics, psycholinguistics, pragmatics, semantics, syntax and phonology.

Teach Yourself Linguistics is a straightforward introduction to linguistics, the systematic study that seeks to answer two fundamental questions: "What is language?" and "How does language work?" This book outlines the scope of linguistics, explaining the basic concepts and essential terminology. It discusses sound patterning, syntax, and meaning, as well as the ra
Meg Cain
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good primer course for the hobbyist linguist. Helped to provide a good foundation and scope of knowledge that proved a very useful reference in all my future linguistics readings.
Jan 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cas, lang-ling
Typical orthodox linguistics intro.
Ibrahem mohamed
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ما اللغة وكيف نقارن بين لغة وأخرى وكيف نحكم على استعارة لغة أو اقتباسها من لغة أخرى؟
كل هذا يجيب عنه الكتاب.
والكتاب ألزمني بضرورة قراءة تاريخ عام عن اللغات. وقواعد تراكيبها
ومن أفضل ما فيه قائمة الكتب الإنجليزية الموجودة في آخره
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle
I'm off to apply for linguistics programs now
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
نکات جالبی در کتاب در خصوص رابطه زبان با جامعه شناسی و روانشناسی مطرح شده است. با این وجود ترجمه چندان روانی از آن ارائه نشده و به همین علت به آن دو ستاره بیشتر اختصاص نمیدهم. ...more
Oct 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Good overall review of the basics of linguistics and its branches of stufy. This will be a good jumping off point into a few different areas.

I did love that in the reading I have been doing over the last month, this is the THIRD time I have come across the quote below : (now I REALLY have to read the original text of alice in wonderland)

'When *I* use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in a rather scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean -- neither more nor less'
-Lewis Carroll
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly readable for such a complex topic. Some seriously funny examples. I think Aitchison spent many hours amusing herself by thinking of cute sentences to demonstrate what academia would love to portray as boring.
Vipul Ved Prakash
A gem of a book.
Nov 09, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people in a learnin' hurry
I passed my CSET because of this book!
word formation
Great and fun introduction to linguistics, unfortunately it doesn't give much emphasis on phonology.
Jun 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good and basic intro.
Matthew Stanfill
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a intro book.. clear enough to move onto the next level.
Mar 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
very good
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Jean Aitchison is a Professor of Language and Communication in the Faculty of English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford.

Her main areas of interest include:

Socio-historical linguistics
Language and mind
Language and the media
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