Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics 10th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0814251638
ISBN-10: 0814251633
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 700 pages
  • Publisher: Ohio State University Press; 10th edition (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814251633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814251638
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 7.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Liz on October 2, 2008
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This is a awesome book to get a grasp of understanding languages and to start you off on a good foot if you are learning, or want to learn to be a linguist or teach english as a second laguage. If you are just wanting to see what languages and linguistics is all about, get this book. It goes over phonetics, morphology, syntax, semantics, and other areas of language.I recommend this book if this field of learning interests you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Pinkowski on August 28, 2011
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This book offers a unique and broad perspective of human language.
Each topic is covered in depth, with detailed "files" containing
important information, questions, ideas for activities, and
practical hints and suggestions. Some chapter topics such as syntax
and semantics are normally reserved for college-level courses in
linguistics, while others are appropriate for the general reader
interested in speech and language development, speech disorders,
language acquisition or just how different languages came about.
I found the chapter on animal communication refreshingly informative.
A great book that does its job in covering a broad, complex topic!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Labrada on February 22, 2010
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This is an excellent book for anyone studying linguistics. It is detailed and easy to read. I have bought a couple of previous editions and the changes are always up to date in the field. I would highly recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lex on March 8, 2011
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Linguistics is not easy, but this book is an easy read. It is nice to have all of the tables and charts in the back. A useful tool that I will continue to reference even after the class is over.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alexander Bochkov on June 2, 2011
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Having used all the major textbooks on linguistics published in English, I can say that "Language Files" is just ok. Some chapters have nothing but the authors blabbering for ever, most chapters are really boring. I like some of the exercises, though. Overall, I would NOT recommend this textbook. There are better alternatives, e.g. have a look at O'Grady's Contemporary Linguistics or Fromkin et al. An Introduction to Language.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Hockey Mom on September 20, 2008
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This is a book I have to read for a course I am taking in linguistics. I find it somewhat dry and hard to read at times. Still, it is required reading and with patience and persistence on my part, it gets the point across. I would not recommend it for personal interest reading.
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This text is written, for the most part, so it is possible to follow without a linguistics background. There are some very technical parts, but these can be skimmed without losing a basic understanding, which is what I was seeking.
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By John Intal on March 5, 2011
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I was pleased when this book arrived because I needed it for the semester. I bought it for a much cheaper price compared to buying it from the bookstore. It's easy to read, and very helpful.
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