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Looking at Languages: A Workbook in Elementary Linguistics 5th Edition

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"I love the variety of exercises in the book. The authors have done an extraordinary job gathering this data to analyze. students really appreciate the data and the data analyses they get to do. They've told me they felt like "real" linguists because they had so much data to analyze."

About the Author

Paul R. Frommer (BA, mathematics, University of Rochester; MA and PhD, linguistics, USC) lived and taught in Malaysia and Iran. The former director of USC's Center for Management Communication, where he taught Advanced Writing for Business and Cross-cultural Business Communication for Non-native Speakers, he created the Na'vi language for James Cameron's film "Avatar" and is currently working with a worldwide community of enthusiasts to expand the language. He also developed Barsoomian, the Martian language for the Disney film "John Carter."

Edward Finegan (MA and PhD, Ohio University) specializes in sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, and the history and structure of the English language. He served as chair of the Department of Linguistics at USC and currently serves as director of USC's Center for Excellence in Teaching. President of the International Association of Forensic Linguists, Finegan is editor of DICTIONARIES: THE JOURNAL OF THE DICTIONARY SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA and has been Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Linguistics, Harvard University; Visiting Professor at University of Zurich; and Visiting Scholar at University of Helsinki. He also served as Director of American Language Institute/National Iranian Radio and Television [1975-1976 in peaceful times]. He is the recipient of many teaching awards and honors.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing; 5 edition (March 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 049591231X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495912316
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #785,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Timbalionguy on May 9, 2011
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I am a Na`vi language learner, and bought the book primarily because it is the first scholarly book to mention anything about this beautiful language. But in addition to the Na`vi sections, there is much other material here to assist one in understanding and learning other languages. This book is designed to be used in conjunction with another linguistics textbook, but is useful even without this book. If you know some basic linguistic terminology, you can use this book as-is to provide useful exercises in a wide variety of languages. Even English speakers will benefit from this book. A number of exercises based on the English language will help them get a better understanding of their own language.
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By Mark Miller on January 6, 2014
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This is good exercise reference for linguistics students or anyone interested in comparing language mechanics. Also highly recommended for anyone just interested in languages, as well.
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By Maite on January 19, 2014
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We needed this book for Descriptive Linguistics course. We used some of the material, but not everything. It was not bad, but I didn't find anything special about it.
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By Lindsey on August 29, 2013
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It's far more interesting than you would expect from a college textbook supplement! It has some very interesting assignments, too!
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