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An Introduction to Language (Linguistics in the World)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780470658956
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
  • Release Date: Aug 25, 2014
  • Edition: 1
  • Pages: 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.95 x 9.9 x 7.7 inches


An Introduction to Language offers an engaging guide to the nature of language, focusing on how language works – its sounds, words, structures, and phrases – all investigated through wide-ranging examples from Old English to contemporary pop culture.

  • Explores the idea of a scientific approach to language, inviting students to consider what qualities of language comprise everyday skills for us, be they sounds, words, phrases, or conversation
  • Helps shape our understanding of what language is, how it works, and why it is both elegantly complex and essential to who we are
  • Includes exercises within each chapter to help readers explore key concepts and directly observe the patterns that are part of all human language
  • Examines linguistic variation and change to illustrate social nuances and language-in-use, drawing primarily on examples from English
  • Avoids linguistic jargon, focusing instead on a broader and more general approach to the study of language, and making it ideal for those coming to the subject for the first time
  • Supported by additional web resources – available upon publication at – including student study aids and testbank and notes for instructors

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