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Language and Linguistics / Edition 1

Language and Linguistics / Edition 1

by John Lyons
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This 1981 book is a general introduction to linguistics and the study of language, intended particularly for beginning students and readers with no previous knowledge or training in the subject. There is first a general account of the nature of language and of the aims, methods and basic principles of linguistic theory. John Lyons then introduces in turn each of the main sub-fields of linguistics: the sounds of language, grammar, semantics, language change, psycholinguistics: the sounds of language, grammar, semantics, language change, psycholinguistics, language and culture. Throughout the book he emphasizes particularly those aspects of the discipline that seem fundamental and most likely to remain important. He stresses throughout the cultural at least as much as the biological context of human language, and shows how the linguist's concerns connect productively with those of the traditional humanities and the social sciences. Each chapter has a wide-ranging set of discussion questions and revision exercises, and extensive suggestions for further reading. The exposition is marked throughout by the author's characteristic clarity, balance and authority.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521297752
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/29/1981
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.35(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Language; 2. Linguistics; 3. The sounds of language; 4. Grammar; 5. Semantics; 6. Language-change; 7. Some modern schools and movements; 8. Language and mind; 9. Language and society; 10. Language and culture; Bibliography; Index.

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Language and Linguistics 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
annbury on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Introductory text in linguistics. Well organized and informative, but dry. More importantly, the book was first published in 1980, which makes it out of date in some important respects.