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Introducing English Linguistics

(Cambridge Introductions to Language and Linguistics)

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Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students' interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, it takes a top-down approach to language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the text, and workin ...more
Paperback, 259 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Cambridge University Press (first published 2009)
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If you don't know a thing about linguistics, as I didn't, and don't mind reading a textbook, this one is a good one to start with. It's very readable, but it is definitely a textbook. It walks through all the basics of English linguistics: from grammar to spelling to phonology.
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“That the present tense marker in English can mark time frames other than the immediate present has led many grammarians, including Quirk et al. (1985), to argue that semantically English does not have a present tense per se but rather a past tense and a non-past tense.” 0 likes
“the Latin word for Modern English girl, which contains the base form puell-, is marked for the feminine gender and would, accordingly, receive specific endings depending on its case –nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, ablative, and vocative –and its number (i.e. whether girl is singular or plural). Markings of this nature are what Comrie (1990: 337–8) terms as “fusional”; that is, there are not separate inflections for case and for number. Instead, case and number work together, producing a single combined inflection.” 0 likes
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