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Product Details

  • Series: Introducing
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books; Third Edition edition (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848310889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848310889
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R.L. Trask was a professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. A hugely acclaimed specialist in historical linguistics, his work on the Basque language made him among the world's foremost authorities on the subject. He died in 2004. Bill Mayblin trained as a graphic designer at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also the illustrator for Introducing Logic, Derrida and Empiricism.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anyong on January 13, 2014
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It's important to understand that the Introducing series is in the business not of teaching you the entirety of any given subject, but merely introducing you to it. This, as with many other titles in the series, gives you a very quick summary of the movement and its history and touches on many of the significant branches. Believe me, you can always go deeper, and really one ought to if one desires anything close to an actual understanding of the subjects the people at Totem Books purport to introduce.

What I find is that these books in general, and this title specifically, prepares your for deeper reading by giving you the gist of things, and thus allows you to engage other texts with greater sustain and keener acumen. There are other series of course, Cambridge has their wonderful, if frequently denser, Companion series, and Paul Strathern has made his career giving a similar gist in 90 minutes. I would say that the people at Totem have hit the so-called sweet spot with these though. Strathern is too often concerned with biographical detail for my tastes, and spends less time with the ideas themselves (though of course the life of a thinker is important to understanding them. Cambridge has wonderful guides, but even these may be a tad much for someone merely seeking to dip their toe in and take a look around. This is why I recommend this series.

The graphic approach hopefully renders these concepts more accessible to a wider audience, and can indeed make what are often thought of as dull subjects, quite entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krobi on October 30, 2013
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I stocked this book in a professional library for educators because I feel like so many people can use a refresher in Linguistics. It's understandable and covers all the important ideas. The teachers appreciate the way it approaches a sometimes dry subject with humor. It won't get you through a college course on linguistics but it's a great start or reminder.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jones on December 23, 2012
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Fun and educational to read. Buy it! Fun and educational to read. Buy it! Fun and educational to read. Buy it!
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