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Contemporary Linguistics

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Preface to the UK second editionAcknowledgementsList of technical abbreviations Chapter 1: Language: A PreviewChapter 2: Phonetics: The Sounds of Language Chapter 3: Phonology: The Function and Patterning of SoundsChapter 4: Morphology: The Analysis of Word StructureChapter 5: Syntax: The Analysis of Sentence Structure Chapter 6: Semantics: The Analysis of Meaning Chapter 7: Cognitive GrammarChapter 8: Historical Linguistics: The Study of Language ChangeChapter 9: The Classification of LanguagesChapter 10: First Language Acquisition Chapter 11: Second Language Acquisition Chapter 12: Psycholinguistics: The Study of Language ProcessingChapter 13: Brain and LanguageChapter 14: Language in Social ContextsChapter 15: Writing and LanguageChapter 16: Animal CommunicationChapter 17: Computational Linguistics GlossarySourcesLanguage IndexIndex

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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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