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For the Love of Language

Kate Burridge and Tonya N. Stebbins


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ISBN / EAN: 9781107618831
This textbook is prescribed for the following courses:
LING111 - An Introduction to Linguistics Victoria University of Wellington
ATS1339 - Describing & Analysing Language & Communication Monash University
APG5046 - General Linguistics Monash University
SPTH1509 - Linguistics and Phonetics 2 Flinders University
LIN1IML - Language, Culture and Society La Trobe University
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics For Speech Pathology Southern Cross University
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ISBN / EAN: 9781107618831
This textbook is prescribed for the following courses:
LING111 - An Introduction to Linguistics Victoria University of Wellington
ATS1339 - Describing & Analysing Language & Communication Monash University
APG5046 - General Linguistics Monash University
SPTH1509 - Linguistics and Phonetics 2 Flinders University
LIN1IML - Language, Culture and Society La Trobe University
SPT10002 - Phonetics and Linguistics For Speech Pathology Southern Cross University
Use our Textbook Finder to find the rest of your Textbooks!
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  • Paperback
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PUBLISHED: 16th October 2015
ISBN: 9781107618831

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This text offers a comprehensive introduction to how language works and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design.

Publisher Description

Language is essential to human life, both as a basic social necessity and also as a powerful and complex social resource. For the Love of Language: An Introduction to Linguistics offers a comprehensive introduction to the workings of language and the role of linguistics in investigating its fundamental design. This thorough and engaging investigation into language and linguistics covers topics including: strategies for learning about how language works using linguistics to address real-world problems the structure and meaning of words the systems that organise language changes to language over time how language is used in written and spoken communication * the links between language, the mind and the world. Written by authors with extensive academic experience in the field of linguistics and including examples from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to engage the reader, For the Love of Language is a lively yet comprehensive resource for undergraduate students in foundation linguistics.

Author Biography

Kate Burridge is Professor of Linguistics in the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Monash University, and a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her main areas of research are: grammatical change in Germanic languages, the Pennsylvania German spoken by Amish/Mennonite communities in North America, the notion of linguistic taboo and the structure and history of English. She is a regular presenter of language segments on radio and has appeared as a panelist on ABC TV's 'Can We Help?'. Tonya N. Stebbins has had a distinguished academic career as a lecturer, researcher and administrator. Among the subjects Dr Stebbins has taught for many years at the tertiary level are English grammar and subjects on the sociology of language and on bilingualism and language acquisition. Her online grammar learning tool, Grammarpedia , was developed to support a blended learning approach to English grammar and has been used in tertiary courses on English grammar since 2008. Between 2010 and 2012, Dr Stebbins led the Centre for Research on Language Diversity (CRLD) at La Trobe University. CRLD, formerly known as the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, is one of Australia's leading institutes for grammatical research and language documentation for little known minority languages. In March 2012, Dr Stebbins commenced a 12-month leave of absence from La Trobe University to establish Languagewise, a consultancy specialising in innovative strategies for language development, and to make a more direct contribution to the support of language development and language diversity in the community.

Table of Contents

Part I. 'Using Language to Expose Language' - Setting the Scene: 1. What is language?; 2. What linguists do; 3. Ways to study language; Part II. 'In the Beginning was the Word' - Words, their Structure and Meaning: 4. What's in a word?; 5. Morphology - the structure of words; 6. Semantics - the meaning of words; Part III. 'The Deep Grooves of Language' - Sounds and Grammar; 7. Phonetics; 8. Phonology - the sound system; 9. Syntax - the structure of sentences; Part IV. 'Language Is a Social Fact' - Variation and Change: 10. Variation and identity; 11. Structure across time; 12. Languages and cultures in contact; Part V. 'Language that Rolls up its Sleeves' - Language at Work: 13. Language and text; 14. Language and interaction; 15. Language and social values; Part VI. 'Language is the Dress of Thought' - Language, Mind and World: 16. Language, mind and the brain; 17. Language acquisition; 18. Computational linguistics.

Review

'This textbook provides an accessible and engaging introduction to linguistic diversity and to the interesting mysteries about the design of the human mind and social interaction. Concepts are introduced with English and are then followed by examples from a range of languages including German, Japanese, Gurindji (Australia) and Mali (Papua New Guinea). This textbook is also the first to examine sign languages in detail using Auslan as its case study. The authors bring their high levels of community engagement and good humour to the task of introducing students to the fascinating world of linguistic structures.' Felicity Meakins, University of Queensland

Product Details

Author
Kate Burridge, Tonya N. Stebbins
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Year
2015
ISBN-10
1107618835
ISBN-13
9781107618831
Format
Paperback
Subtitle
An Introduction to Linguistics
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Language
English
Pages
450
Short Title
FOR THE LOVE OF LANGUAGE
Media
Book
Publication Date
2015-10-16
Illustrations
illustrations
Textbook
1

Product Reviews

11 Apr, 2018
At times a somewhat entertaining read but totally unsuitable for use as a university textbook. Too many words, the facts buried amongst an endless sermon and too many anecdotes. It should really not be necessary to revert to other "Introduction to Linguistics" textbooks in order to be able to understand what the authors actually are trying to say.
Biggest point of criticism is the extremely poor editing and proof-reading.
I appreciate the fact that it is a first edition, however there is no excuse for serious fundamental errors. Moreover my copy is "Version 2", and I would have expected some of the grave mistakes to be addressed by way of an insert pointing out errata.
The authors should have gone to greater effort and diligence when incorporating their case-study-languages, as some of the examples are obviously wrong.
For a book with such a high price one would expect those foreign languages to be used and written correctly.
A Professor of Linguistics and an Adjunct Research Fellow of Linguistics should show more respect towards languages other than English.
By Christiane