Language : The Basics Paperback
by R. L. Trask
Part of the The Basics series
What makes human language unique? Do women speak differently from men? Just what is the meaning of "meaning"? Language: The Basics provides a concise introduction to the study of language.
Written in an engaging and entertaining style, it encourages the reader to think about the way language works.
It features: * chapters on 'Language in Use', 'Attitudes to Language', 'Children and Language' and 'Language, Mind and Brain' * a section on sign language * a glossary of key terms * handy annotated guides to further reading. Providing an accessible overview of a fascinating subject, this is an essential book for all students and anyone who's ever been accused of splitting an infinitive.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 264 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 18/03/1999
- Category: linguistics
- ISBN: 9780415340199
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Review by tenor_mongoose
This is the best general introduction to linguistics I have ever read. It gives an excellent overview of all the main areas in a lively and entertaining style; the jargon is kept to a bare minimum, and, when it must be introduced, it is well explained.One of the things I particularly like about this book is that it has an exceptionally helpful bibliography. If you want to read further on a given sub-speciality, Trask not only gives you a reading list at the end of each chapter which is linked to the bibliography, but also adds his own comments on each book so that you can see at a glance exactly which books you will find most helpful for your own studies. I wish every academic writer took the trouble to do this.In short - even if you have only a passing interest in linguistics, go and buy this book. It rocks!