AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE is ideal for use at all levels and in many different areas of instruction, including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), and linguistics. All chapters in this best-seller have been revised to reflect recent discoveries and new understanding of linguistics and languages.
The best-selling classic, known for its comprehensive and balanced coverage, has been updated to reflect the most current research in the field of linguistics.
-- Assuming no prior knowledge, An Introduction to Language is appropriate for a variety of majors and has been used at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
-- Up-to-date descriptions of all major components of language — phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics — are discussed at an introductory level.
-- Discussions of American Sign Language, and other sign languages of deaf people, are woven throughout so that readers can appreciate that they are bona fide human languages with many of the same characteristics that are equivalent to spoken languages.
-- Every chapter ends with a summary to help the student review, a comprehensive list of references, suggestions for further reading, and exercises.