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An Introduction

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521614788
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  • Written by a team based at one of the world's leading centres for linguistic teaching and research, the second edition of this highly successful textbook offers a unified approach to language, viewed from a range of perspectives essential for students' understanding of the subject. Using clear explanations throughout, the book is divided into three main sections: sounds, words, and sentences. In each, the foundational concepts are introduced, along with their application to the fields of child language acquisition, psycholinguistics, language disorders, and sociolinguistics, giving the book a unique yet simple structure that helps students to engage with the subject more easily than other textbooks on the market. This edition includes a completely new section on sentence use, including an introduction and discussion of core areas of pragmatics and conversational analysis; coverage of sociolinguistic topics, introducing communities of practice; a wealth of new exercise material and updated further reading.

    • A uniquely structured textbook, making the various aspects of linguistics clearer to students
    • Updated throughout to reflect recent developments. Features a whole new section on sentence use, and introductions to areas such as pragmatics, conversation analysis and optimality theory
    • Contains a large number of exercises with hints and model answers provided where appropriate
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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521614788
    • length: 447 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 173 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 1 map 21 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Sounds:
    1. Introduction
    2. Sounds and suprasegmentals
    3. Sound variation
    4. Sound change
    5. Phonemes, syllables and phonological processes
    6. Child phonology
    7. Processing sounds
    Part II. Words:
    8. Introduction
    9. Word classes
    10. Building words
    11. Morphology across languages
    12. Word meaning
    13. Children and words
    14. Lexical processing and the mental lexicon
    15. Lexical disorders
    16. Lexical variation and change
    Part III. Sentences:
    17. Introduction
    18. Basic terminology
    19. Sentence structure
    20. Empty categories
    21. Movement
    22. Syntactic variation
    23. Sentence meanings and logical form
    24. Children's sentences
    25. Sentence processing
    26. Syntactic disorders
    27. Using sentences.

  • Authors

    Andrew Radford, University of Essex
    Andrew Radford is Professor and Head of Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

    Martin Atkinson, University of Essex
    Martin Atkinson is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

    David Britain, University of Essex
    David Britain is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

    Harald Clahsen, University of Essex
    Harald Clahsen is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

    Andrew Spencer, University of Essex
    Andrew Spencer is Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex.

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