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An Introduction to Language Paperback – May 31, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1413017731 ISBN-10: 1413017738 Edition: 8th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 008 edition (May 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413017738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413017731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #391,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"It's the most comprehensive introduction to linguistics ever, and it never strays far from my elbow."

"I am pleased with the text's wide selection of topics--I feel like the students are getting more for their money. I encourage interested students to read further in the text--even after the course ends. I think many keep it as a reference for future work."

". . . I appreciate the expertise this text represents. This is a solid scholarly study of linguistics."

"I have used this book for 29 years already and am still very happy with it. So far, new editions have come closer and closer to my ideal textbook. Even now, it's the only textbook for any of my courses that does just what I want it to do in terms of topics covered and level of difficulty. Just as important, the students find it clear and straightforward, yet fun and intriguing as well. . . ."

"An Introduction to Language is comprehensive and inclusive. It gives students an excellent introduction to language study and outlines the concepts in general linguistics as well as sociolinguistics and recent work in language processing. There seems to be something for everyone."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John E. Mclaughlin on December 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is, hands down, the best book to take a rank beginner and introduce him or her to the science of linguistics. The price, however, has placed it out of reach of my introductory courses in linguistics. It's sad that such an important volume has become unavailable as a text in many courses.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luke on March 6, 2009
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This is a really good intro to linguistics. It has all the key terms you need to know and is well written. However, the highlight for me are the comics that they received permission to use. They really lighten up the otherwise heavy reading and in some instances explain the linguistic concepts in even better terms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Walker on September 23, 2008
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I bought this book for a Linguistic Anthropology class as a junior in college. The book is very good in terms of content and information. It's not exactly an easy read though. This book is definitely more suited to Linguistic majors, NOT Anthropology majors, as it focuses much more on the linguistic thoughts and theories - i.e. phonology, morphology, syntax, grammaticality, etc whereas my Anthro class was, of course, more concerned with the cultural aspects and effects of language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By soy.de on September 22, 2008
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I started an MA program in Linguistics with a concentration in TESOL. The intro class required this text as its only text. The price on amazon.com was approx. $20 less than the bookstore/other store prices. It is a good value for the Amazon price.

Aesthetics: It's a softcover book so it will get wrinkled at some point. There are cartoons in the chapters that break up the text and illustrate some go points.

Info: The information is in an easy to comprehend format that is organized well. As you move on past morphology into syntax, the the info becomes more technical and complex. I suggest taking notes as you go so you can process the info better. The info is presented in a way that is as clear cut as they can get. My one gripe is that they constantly reference later chapters for info they bring up earlier.

Overall: If you need to get this for a linguistics course or as a supplement, it's a good deal. If you are just dabbling, beware that the book gets technical and slightly confusing at chapter 3 or 4.
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By Terry D. Klafehn on June 10, 2014
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New editions of this text are unreasonably priced. This used edition came promptly and in condition described. I loan used editions to the students I teach.
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By Denise A. Cabrera on October 16, 2013
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This a book that I needed for my college class. So far it is quite good and interesting. : )
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By Nicole Esprit on May 23, 2013
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this was a very interesting book I never was into language like this before. I recommend this book for english teachers
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