Contemporary Linguistics can be used from first year through to final year as a main text for students taking degree courses in linguistics, English language and cognitive science and by MA students on TEFL courses. It is also highly suitable for students taking language options in media and cultural studies, modern language, psychology and philosophy, as well as for speech therapy courses. Contemporary Linguistics : An introduction is a comprehensive, fully up-to-date introduction to linguistics. The book covers not only how language is structured, but also how it functions both socially and culturally, and how it is acquired and processed by speakers. It will prepare students to go on to more advanced work and, at the same time, will serve as a basic reference that students can continue to consult throughout their studies. The text explores all the core areas of linguistics as well as numerous interdisciplinary and related areas. * Core topics covered include phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, the genetic and typological classification of the languages of the world, and historical linguistics.
* Interdisciplinary areas discussed include language and the brain, psycholinguistics - the study of language processing, first and second language acquisition, language in social contexts and the fast-growing area of computational linguistics. * Related areas explored include writing systems and animal communication.
Preface to the UK second edition Acknowledgements List of technical abbreviations Chapter 1: Language: A Preview Chapter 2: Phonetics: The Sounds of Language Chapter 3: Phonology: The Function and Patterning of Sounds Chapter 4: Morphology: The Analysis of Word Structure Chapter 5: Syntax: The Analysis of Sentence Structure Chapter 6: Semantics: The Analysis of Meaning Chapter 7: Cognitive Grammar Chapter 8: Historical Linguistics: The Study of Language Change Chapter 9: The Classification of Languages Chapter 10: First Language Acquisition Chapter 11: Second Language Acquisition Chapter 12: Psycholinguistics: The Study of Language Processing Chapter 13: Brain and Language Chapter 14: Language in Social Contexts Chapter 15: Writing and Language Chapter 16: Animal Communication Chapter 17: Computational Linguistics Glossary Sources Language Index Index
"Contemporary Linguisticsis a reader- and instructor-friendly book. It is well paced and clearly written, and each chapter ends with a concise summary of the material, up-to-date recommendations for further reading and an extensive set of exercises. The individual chapters are nicely linked, allowing the reader to integrate information that is presented in different contexts and parts of the book. An excellent primary textbook for beginning linguistics undergraduates; it will also be a useful reference work for more advanced students... Accessible and informative, with tried and tested sequencing of material." - Reviewed in Times Higher Education
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Francis Katamba, William O'Grady, John Archibald