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Introducing Linguistics

Theoretical and Applied Approaches


Edited by Joyce Bruhn de Garavito, University of Western Ontario, John W. Schwieter, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario


Everything we do involves language. Assuming no prior knowledge, this book offers students a contemporary introduction to the study of language. Each thought-provoking chapter is accessible to readers from a variety of fields, and is helpfully organized across six parts: sound; structure and meaning; language typologies and change; language and social aspects; language acquisition; and language, cognition, and the brain. The book's companion website also offers three brief chapters on language and computers; animal communication; and dialectal varieties of English.…

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Key features

  • An up-to-date, thought-provoking introduction to linguistics that is accessible to all learners
  • 'Linguistics Tidbits' and 'Eyes on World Languages' boxes provide colourful accents, giving real language data from around the world and making complex theories more accessible to students from non-Science backgrounds
  • Incorporates accessible discourse about prominent theories and application to linguistics along with practice problems that solidify knowledge of such approaches

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