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Introducing Linguistics

Theoretical and Applied Approaches

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

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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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