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An Introduction to Language

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  972 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
Whether you are studying education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, or teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), this title offers the information you need in a descriptive manner that assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics.
Paperback, 9th International Edition, 619 pages
Published April 2010 by Cengage Learning, Inc (first published 1974)
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Dec 25, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: language buffs
Shelves: non-fiction, langauge
Oh my holy interesting!!! Everything you ever wanted to know about language, and much, much more! Keep in mind that this is a text book, so it's going to be dry. But for a text book, it wasn't so bad. If this is an area of interest to you, why not try looking up Steven Pinker's book "The Language Instinct" which paralled "An Introduction to Language" almost perfectly, yet was much more enjoyable. Another book to check out is "The Unfolding of Language" by Guy Deutscher. By far the most interesti ...more
I had to buy this book for a linguistics course that I had to take way back when I started studying English at the University. The linguistics course was extremely dull and one of the many reasons I decided to switch to another branch of study. I never even started reading An Introduction to Language and it was stuck in a pile of educational books that I wanted to give to charity. Since I am always having a hard time getting rid of books, I flicked through it one last time and thought „Hmm, actu ...more
Arezu Wishka
واقعا کتاب سختی برای امتحان دادن بود. فعلا هشت فصلش رو خوندیم و گذاشتیم کنار تا بعد. متن روونی داره اما سخت کردنش واقعا واقعا واقعا سخته!
Jul 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Word freaks
Shelves: college, nonfiction
I read this book for the class The English Language, which was maybe the most generally interesting class I have ever taken. This book is absolutely fascinating and very easy to read, especially considering that at times it's dealing with complicated ideas. It covers everything from the basics of what makes up words and sounds to how children develop language to dialects and hispanic and black english. It really will change the way you think about words and speaking.
حياة الياقوت
One of my favourite college textbooks.
I lost my copy and had to buy another one, can't stand the fact that it does not exist in bookcase.
Ehsan Gazooki
Dec 20, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: English Teachers
Oct 17, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I usually find introductory texts to be either lacking in content or boring and this one was neither. This book was a pleasure to read.
Shadi Saleh
This book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in languages in general and linguistics in special.
Soroosh Akef
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: master-s-studies
If you're looking for a thorough book in introductory linguistics, you need look no further than this book. The 13th edition of 600-page "Introduction to Language" covers topics as recent as computational linguistics and forensic linguistics.

However, if you're studying for an exam, and you're pressed for time, you may not appreciate the verbosely explained examples, which provide a language aficionado with plenty of content for showing off their linguistics knowledge through fun facts at social
I used this textbook in my intro to linguistics class as an undergrad and reread it in preparation for grad school. I remembered this text as being better than it really is. I certainly would not have developed a love for linguistics if I had not had a passionate teacher to supplement the text. It is a decent overview of the subject and I did appreciate the comic strips included throughout, but the text was often unnecessarily repetitive and dry.

For example, in the chapter on language acquisiti
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