This bestselling textbook provides an engaging and user-friendly introduction to the study of language. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics – from how children learn language to why men and women speak differently, through all the key elements of language. This fifth edition has been revised and updated with new figures and tables, additional topics, and numerous new examples using languages from across the world. To increase student engagement and to foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the book includes thirty new tasks. An expanded and revised online study guide provides students with further resources, including answers and tutorials for all tasks, while encouraging lively and proactive learning. This is the most fundamental and easy-to-use introduction to the study of language.Read more
- Easy to follow and simple to understand - a fundamental introduction to language study
- Provides students with a vocabulary for talking about language and a solid knowledge of how English works
- Yule presents the major concepts in language study in short, bite-sized sections
- Assumes no prior knowledge of the subject
Reviews & endorsements
"… the obvious choice for the beginner language student."
Torill Hestetræet, University of BergenSee more reviews
"… an excellent overview of the central topics in linguistics and how linguists study language."
Daniel W. Hieber, Content Editor, Rosetta Stone
"… a clear and concise introduction to linguistics suitable for beginners."
Jeffrey Gil, Flinders University, Adelaide
"… with updated material for practice and discussion, it will continue to inspire new generations of students."
Stephen Matthews, University of Hong Kong
02nd Oct 2014 by AndrewLlau
this book is very helpful to the students to learn and understand the structure of langage.See all reviews
14th Oct 2014 by AMPARICHI
muy bueno la verdad con muchas palabras que son muy bonitas y tal
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- Edition: 5th Edition
- Date Published: March 2014
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107658172
- length: 333 pages
- dimensions: 246 x 189 x 14 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- contains: 33 b/w illus. 34 colour illus. 3 tables 310 exercises
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. The origins of language
2. Animals and human language
3. The sounds of language
4. The sound patterns of language
11. Discourse analysis
12. Language and the brain
13. First language acquisition
14. Second language acquisition/learning
15. Gestures and sign languages
16. Written language
17. Language history and change
18. Regional variation in language
19. Social variation in language
20. Language and culture
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