An Introduction to Language, Hardback Book

An Introduction to Language Hardback

Part of the Linguistics in the World series


An Introduction to Language offers an engaging guide to the nature of language, focusing on how language works - its sounds, words, structures, and phrases - all investigated through wide-ranging examples from Old English to contemporary pop culture. Explores the idea of a scientific approach to language, inviting students to consider what qualities of language comprise everyday skills for us, be they sounds, words, phrases, or conversationHelps shape our understanding of what language is, how it works, and why it is both elegantly complex and essential to who we areIncludes exercises within each chapter to help readers explore key concepts and directly observe the patterns that are part of all human languageExamines linguistic variation and change to illustrate social nuances and language-in-use, drawing primarily on examples from EnglishAvoids linguistic jargon, focusing instead on a broader and more general approach to the study of language, and making it ideal for those coming to the subject for the first timeSupported by additional web resources - available upon publication at - including student study aids and testbank and notes for instructors


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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  • Category: linguistics
  • ISBN: 9780470658956

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