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Introducing English Linguistics
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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