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 through all the key elements of language. This sixth edition has been revised and updated throughout, with substantial changes made to the chapters on phonetics, grammar and syntax, and eighty new study questions. To increase student engagement and to foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the book also includes twenty 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 concise and 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, assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, allowing flexibility in teaching
- The sixth edition includes substantial changes to the chapters on phonetics, grammar and syntax, eighty new study questions and twenty new tasks to encourage active learning
Reviews & endorsements
'As a reference and review for technical communicators, the book succeeds in bringing sufficient information about language for the technical communicator to increase user understanding.' Tom Warren, Technical Communication
04th Nov 2017 by Kaaaaat
It is very very very useful and easy to read as many academic books as I can.See all reviews
12th Feb 2018 by Salah123
This is an excellent book for teaching an introductory course in linguistics. I teach a course called Introduction to Linguistics and I adopted this book. I have been using it as the student's course book for almost seven years. My students find it student-friendly. They enjoy using it.
10th Mar 2018 by Jingbaobao
I think it is really good book, and I want to know the answers in it.
14th Mar 2018 by Zhonui
Yes agree it is a great book. Could you please advise how to access the online study guide. Thank you
24th Mar 2018 by Vwhee001
Clear and concise introduction to linguistics. Great for first year undergraduate study.
15th Feb 2019 by Meylenita
The book is really useful, except for chapters 7 and 8. Chapter 7 is too brief and in chapter 8, the tree diagrams are out of date with 3 branches. And I expect for a more comprehensive introduction in chapter 1, containing the definition of language, characteristics of language, and what linguistics is.
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- Edition: 6th Edition
- Date Published: October 2016
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316606759
- length: 368 pages
- dimensions: 247 x 190 x 15 mm
- weight: 0.78kg
- 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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