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An Introduction to Language, 9th Edition Paperback – January 1, 2010

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning; 9th edition (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1428263926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1428263925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.2 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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Victoria Fromkin received her bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She was a member of the faculty of the UCLA Department of Linguistics from 1966 until her death, and served as its chair from 1972 to 1976. From 1979 to 1989 she served as the UCLA Graduate Dean and Vice Chancellor of Graduate Programs. She was a visiting professor at the universities of Stockholm, Cambridge, and Oxford. Professor Fromkin served as president of the Linguistics Society of America in 1985, president of the Association of Graduate Schools in 1988, and chair of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Aphasia. She received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award and the Professional Achievement Award, and served as the U.S. Delegate and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Permanent Committee of Linguistics (CIPL). She was an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, the American Psychological Society, and the Acoustical Society of America, and in 1996 was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences. She published more than one hundred books, monographs, and papers on topics concerned with phonetics, phonology, tone languages, African languages, speech errors, processing models, aphasia, and the brain/mind/language interface--all research areas in which she worked. Professor Fromkin passed away in 2000, at the age of 76.

Robert Rodman received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1961, a master's degree in mathematics in 1965, a master's degree in linguistics in 1971, and a Ph.D. in linguistics in 1973. He has been on the faculties of the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kyoto Industrial College in Japan, and North Carolina State University, where he is currently professor of computer science specializing in the areas of forensic linguistics, computer speech processing, and speaker verification and identification.

Nina Hyams received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1973 and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1981 and 1983, respectively. She joined the UCLA faculty in 1983, where she is currently professor of linguistics. Her main areas of research are childhood language development and syntax. She is author of LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND THE THEORY OF PARAMETERS (D. Reidel Publishers, 1986), a milestone in language acquisition research. She has also published numerous articles on the development of syntax, morphology, and semantics in children. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Utrecht and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and has given numerous lectures throughout Europe and Japan.

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I had to read this book for a class, and was pleasantly surprised at how funny it got in some points.
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Very pleased indeed. the book came in great shape, no tears, nothing written in it or on it. we also got in great timing.
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I used this text for an Introduction to Linguistics course, and found it very informative and entertaining.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Dardon on December 28, 2011
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This is a very good introduction to theoretical linguistics and its subdisciplines. Some of the concept are somewhat difficult, but it's nothing that a good re-read can't fix. It covers all the components that make up linguistics i.e. phonology, syntax, etc. but it also adds some cool chapters on language and the brain, language change, and psycholinguistics which are all plusses in my book. This textbook provides good cartoons to illustrate some key points,the exercises are good for beginner's (perhaps some too easy) and the authors provide some really good suggested readings although some might the suggestions insanely difficult to read even after reading this book (for example, after reading the chapter on syntax, it suggests you read Chomsky's minimalist program. If this is the student's first introduction to syntax, then I really doubt they could tackle that book). All in all, I think its a perfect book to use in an introductory language class. The only problem I have with this book is its price. Way too expensive!!!
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Lems on August 13, 2010
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It's excellent, definitive, engaging, and all that -- but, speaking as a professor who needs to assign a textbook for a 10 week course in linguistics, how can I justify this kind of expense for my students? A paperback - over $100?? Come on people, get reasonable, and it will help this great book truly compete with lesser, more affordable titles!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Judy on August 31, 2011
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I hesitated a little before buying this book because I wasn't too sure how relevant it would really be. I have found it to be a fabulous resource as some concepts are complicated but the cartoons and quotations help to illustrate with good examples.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Future Educator on June 15, 2013
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A thorough review of all language concepts necessary for the ESOL student or educator. A required text for Western Governors University ESL endorsement program.
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The book was very helpful and it was exactly the right price it was so much cheaper than buying or renting at Campus.
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By Brooke Williams on June 5, 2014
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Good on value, and in excellent condition. No rips, no tears, no highlighting, The description was spot on! Exactly what I needed, Thank you!

-Brooke W.
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I would recommend this book to anyone who is considering linguistics as a career. I'm not very interested in the career field myself, but I really did enjoy reading about every aspect of language and the anthropology that goes along with it. I had to read this book for a class, and was pleasantly surprised at how funny it got in some points.
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By A. Ellinghaus on April 21, 2014
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I have used this book all semester, and it is pretty good. The authors make a fairly arcane subject a bit lighter by adding humor. It does get a little bogged down once in a while, but it is a linguistics book, after all. You do need to want to learn linguistics if you are going to use the book...
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