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How Languages Work
An Introduction to Language and Linguistics

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Carol Genetti, Matthew Gordon, Marianne Mithun, Michael Israel, Mira Ariel, Wallace Chafe, Mary Bucholtz, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Patricia Clancy, Dorothy Chun, Jan Frodesen, Ayla Applebaum, Birgit Hellwig, Kristine Hildebrandt, Ritva Laury, Toshihide Nakayama, Daniel Hintz, Bernard Comrie, Claire Bowern, Loretta O'Connor, Robert Engelbretson, Guy Deutscher
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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521174688
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  • A new and exciting introduction to linguistics, this textbook presents language in all its amazing complexity, while guiding students gently through the basics. Students emerge with an appreciation of the diversity of the world's languages, as well as a deeper understanding of the structure of human language, the ways it is used, and its broader social and cultural context. Chapters introducing the nuts and bolts of language study (phonology, syntax, meaning) are combined with those on the 'functions' of language (discourse, prosody, pragmatics, and language contact), helping students gain a better grasp of how language works in the real world. A rich set of language 'profiles' help students explore the world's linguistic diversity, identify similarities and differences between languages, and encourages them to apply concepts from earlier chapter material. A range of carefully designed pedagogical features encourage student engagement, adopting a step-by-step approach and using study questions and case studies.

    • Takes a functional approach, providing a modern, global and integrated perspective on language
    • Student-engaging features include a step-by-step structure, reflection questions and in-depth case studies
    • Student online resources include sound and video files, study guides, tutorials, interactive problem sets, electronic flash cards, and documents on argumentation, problem solving and writing in linguistics
    • Instructor online resources include modifiable PowerPoint slides, answer keys, quiz questions and problem sets
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    Advance Praise: ‘truly a textbook of the 21st century’ --Keren Rice,Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto

    ‘How Languages Work is the perfect introductory textbook on language and linguistics … an invigorating combination of a straightforward, introductory tone and high-level scholarship. The chapter authors effectively communicate their own enthusiasm for language and linguistics in a way that promises to engender similar enthusiasm in undergraduate readers.’ --Thomas Payne, University of Oregon and SIL International

    “Here at last is a textbook that isn't locked into theoretical dogmas but that instead introduces students to the analytical methods and skills needed for successful research! Each method and concept is carefully explained, hands-on and step-by-step.’’ --Balthasar Bickel, University of Zurich

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    31st Aug 2014 by Emilson

    I appreciate the selection of topics covered in this text, and the way they are arranged. I also like the fact that it introduces the student to a functional perspective on grammar. The book and the accompanying on-line resources offer a wealth of material that make teaching an Intro to linguistics course very enjoyable. Thank you. Perhaps the only thing I miss is that sign languages do not get a lot of coverage in this book, but at our institution we cover sign languages only marginally in the Intro course anyway.

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    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521174688
    • length: 674 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 188 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.41kg
    • contains: 96 b/w illus. 19 maps 57 tables 150 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: language, languages, and linguistics Carol Genetti
    2. Phonetics: physical dimensions of speech sounds Matthew Gordon
    3. Phonology: organization of speech sounds Matthew Gordon
    4. Morphology: what's in a word? Marianne Mithun
    5. Word classes: evidence from grammatical behavior Carol Genetti
    6. Syntax: words in combination Carol Genetti
    7. Semantics: how language makes sense Michael Israel
    8. Pragmatics: inference for language Mira Ariel
    9. Discourse: language beyond the sentence Wallace Chafe
    10. Prosody: the music of language Wallace Chafe
    11. Language and the social world Mary Bucholtz
    12. Language change: the dynamicity of linguistic systems Marianne Mithun
    13. Language contact and areal linguistics Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    14. First language acquisition Patricia Clancy
    15. Second language acquisition Dorothy Chun and Jan Frodesen
    Language Profiles:
    1. Kabardian Matthew Gordon and Ayla Applebaum
    2. Goemai Birgit Hellwig
    3. Manange Kristine Hildebrandt
    4. Finnish Ritva Laury
    5. Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) Toshihide Nakayama
    6. South Conchucos Quechua Daniel Hintz
    7. Tsez Bernard Comrie
    8. Bardi Claire Bowern
    9. Lowland Chontal Loretta O'Connor
    10. Manambu Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Carol Genetti
    11. Indonesian Robert Englebretson
    12. Seneca Wallace Chafe
    13. Akkadian Guy Deutscher.

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    Carol Genetti, University of California, Santa Barbara
    Carol Genetti is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Dean of the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division.

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    Carol Genetti, Matthew Gordon, Marianne Mithun, Michael Israel, Mira Ariel, Wallace Chafe, Mary Bucholtz, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Patricia Clancy, Dorothy Chun, Jan Frodesen, Ayla Applebaum, Birgit Hellwig, Kristine Hildebrandt, Ritva Laury, Toshihide Nakayama, Daniel Hintz, Bernard Comrie, Claire Bowern, Loretta O'Connor, Robert Engelbretson, Guy Deutscher

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