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Contemporary Linguistics


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Table of Contents

Preface to the UK second edition


List of technical abbreviations

Chapter 1: Language: A Preview

Chapter 2: Phonetics: The Sounds of Language

Chapter 3: Phonology: The Function and Patterning of Sounds

Chapter 4: Morphology: The Analysis of Word Structure

Chapter 5: Syntax: The Analysis of Sentence Structure

Chapter 6: Semantics: The Analysis of Meaning

Chapter 7: Cognitive Grammar

Chapter 8: Historical Linguistics: The Study of Language Change

Chapter 9: The Classification of Languages

Chapter 10: First Language Acquisition

Chapter 11: Second Language Acquisition

Chapter 12: Psycholinguistics: The Study of Language Processing

Chapter 13: Brain and Language

Chapter 14: Language in Social Contexts

Chapter 15: Writing and Language

Chapter 16: Animal Communication

Chapter 17: Computational Linguistics



Language Index


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Contemporary Linguistics is the best-selling introductory survey for courses on linguistics and language study. It introduces students to the structure of language in all its various contexts, from origin to acquisition to development.


"Contemporary Linguisticsis a reader- and instructor-friendly book. It is well paced and clearly written, and each chapter ends with a concise summary of the material, up-to-date recommendations for further reading and an extensive set of exercises. The individual chapters are nicely linked, allowing the reader to integrate information that is presented in different contexts and parts of the book.

An excellent primary textbook for beginning linguistics undergraduates; it will also be a useful reference work for more advanced students... Accessible and informative, with tried and tested sequencing of material."

- Reviewed in Times Higher Education

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