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Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication Hardcover – September 1, 2001

ISBN-13: 978-0262011853 ISBN-10: 0262011859 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press; 5 edition (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262011859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262011853
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,884,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication has long served as the yardstick introductory textbook to Linguistics. This new edition continues in that tradition, offering a carefully updated presentation of diverse aspects of the discipline. The text succeeds in being engaging without sacrificing conceptual sophistication or analytic accuracy, it challenges the reader without overwhelming. Its comprehensive coverage of traditional linguistic topics combined with its cognitive science perspective makes this textbook uniquely adaptable for a broad range of courses. It is to my mind the best overall single volume for making state-of-the-art linguistics accessible to the novice student.

(Steven Franks, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Chair and Professor of Linguistics, Indiana University, Adrian Akmajian, Richard A. Demers, Ann K. Farmer, and Robert M. Harnish)

The 6th edition of Linguistics: An Introduction to Language and Communication is a wonderful introductory textbook for linguistics. The book is flexible enough to be used in both introductory and more advanced survey courses by including more advanced special topic sections and lengthy reference lists for the interested student. It also combines 'famous' linguistic examples (e.g., Canadian raising) in the presentation of the material and in the exercises with new and clever examples (e.g, 'Cops-ization') to give students a range of linguistic data to consider.

(Susannah Levi, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, New York University) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

The late Adrian Akmajian was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

Richard A. Demers is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

Ann K. Farmer is an Information Engineer at Google.

Robert M. Harnish is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

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70 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 24, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This is the second edition and fourth printing of this popular text by Akmajian, Demers, and Harnish at the University of Arizona. Although this text is now over 15 years old, it's still a fine introduction to the subject. One nice thing about the book is that the prose is not too technical for the beginning reader while providing excellent coverage of the important concepts and technical points. This is often a problem with linguistics texts since, unlike other technical subjects, most people have little or no background in linguistics before taking their first real course in the subject, and having previously learned a foreign language isn't as helpful as many students might think since much of linguistics, especially in the transformational grammar and generative grammar and analytical syntax areas, is a highly technical, formal, and even mathematical discipline now.
As I am mainly a neuroscientist and secondarily a linguist, I was most interested in Part 3 of this book. The first two parts present the usual linguistics topics such as phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, language variation, and evolution. Part 3 deals with the area of Psycholinguistics, and there are four chapters discussing language from the standpoint of Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology. The four chapters are: Pragmatics: The Study of Language Use and Communication; Speech Production and Comprehension; Language Acquisition in Chimp and Child;, and Language and the Brain.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Gongora on February 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is a great book... I had to read it in a period of 9 weeks; and that is a lot for me, I like taking my time, but with this book I only wanted to keep going. The definitions were simple and I did not have to go back and read again because I got lost somewhere in the text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brontina on January 16, 2014
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I studied this book at the university and loved it! It is clear and complete, a wonderful introduction to the study of linguistics. I would recommend it to everybody. You don't need to be a scholar or a linguistic student to enjoy it and to get a better understanding of how language works. The only critic I can make is that the language analyzed is English and that more comparisons with other languages could be made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary on November 7, 2013
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This book is very dense with content. It really is a good textbook. It does, however, get very wordy and hard to understand in some places. The best part about this book is the practice exercises at the end of each chapter. Doing those exercises is really the best way to gauge whether or not you've understood the gist of the chapter.
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