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The Study of Language [Paperback]

George Yule
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April 12, 2010 0521749220 978-0521749220 4
This best-selling textbook provides an engaging and user-friendly introduction to the study of language. Assuming no prior knowledge in the subject, Yule presents information in short, bite-sized sections, introducing the major concepts in language study - from how children learn language to why men and women speak differently, through all the key elements of language. This fourth edition has been revised and updated with twenty new sections, covering new accounts of language origins, the key properties of language, text messaging, kinship terms and more than twenty new word etymologies. To increase student engagement with the text, Yule has also included more than fifty new tasks, including thirty involving data analysis, enabling students to apply what they have learned. The online study guide offers students further resources when working on the tasks, while encouraging lively and proactive learning. This is the most fundamental and easy-to-use introduction to the study of language.

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Editorial Reviews


'Its strength is in providing a general survey of mainstream linguistics in palatable, easily manageable and logically organised chunks. The chapter divisions allow for considerable flexibility, which has proved particularly important after recently restructuring our courses and reorganising the order in which to cover the topics.' Nigel Musk, University of Linkoping

'One of the most accessible and entertaining introductions available. Newly updated with a wealth of material for practice and discussion.' Stephen Matthews, University of Hong Kong

'Genuinely introductory, well suited for undergraduates ... Yule's crisp and thought-provoking presentation works well for a wide range of students.' Elise Morse-Gagne, Tougaloo College

'The latest edition of this text contains the most extensive changes to date, and all have served to make a good textbook even better ... the book is concise, thorough, and succinct. It is also extremely well-written ... It is difficult to express how much information this author covers in so few words, while being so informative. There is no fluff in this book; every single sentence counts, every word is important.' The LINGUIST List

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This best-selling, popular textbook is the most fundamental and easy-to-use introduction for students with no prior knowledge of the study of language. Broad yet concise, this manageable overview of key topics draws students in with over fifty new tasks and engages them in learning with an online study guide.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (April 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521749220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521749220
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended October 11, 2013
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This book organizes information to capiture the fundamental elements in learning and comparing English with other languages. It is rather easy to follow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read October 7, 2013
By Natalia
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The book deals with several topics about linguistics in a very clear way. The reading is easy; however, none of the concepts are deeply explained.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great textbook!! February 15, 2013
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This is one of the most readable textbooks I've used. Linguistics is a complex subject and Yule breaks it down in a very informative and user-friendly way. I bought a used copy and it was in very good shape with no markings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful aid, February 27, 2014
By Yomi
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Great book. Easy to follow. Covers the basics. Great aid for an introductory linguistics class. Lin 201 in my case.
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5.0 out of 5 stars useful text for studying linguistics July 22, 2013
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Concepts presented in a way that is easy to understand
Good examples and clear illustrations
Well organized and easy to use as a resource
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book June 22, 2013
By Marlo
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I think this book is excellent for those who recent emigrate to US and trying to learn English, because it has example of the correct position of the tongue to produce certain sounds, it is a phonetics book. i believe that all esol students should read it
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3.0 out of 5 stars This is a textbook February 9, 2013
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As a textbook this is a good one. It goes over how we develop and use language from historic, physical, and down to earth perspectives. Why can animals not speak? How do we form and make each sound of our language? Where do our words come from? This book goes over all of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Approachable December 18, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book for my Introductory Linguistics class, it was very approachable and informative. Easy read and enjoyable, glad I bought it so I can have it as a reference for a long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I plan to use you every semester!! You are highly recommended.
Thank you, the condition of book is great and the price was great!!! I'm paying a fraction of the cost for books that I only need for a few months.
Published 7 months ago by Julia Kirkland
3.0 out of 5 stars was alright quality
book was fine but there was some odd almost vomit looking splashes within the cover.

was kind of gross. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M. Riley
2.0 out of 5 stars It was not
The website said "It's almost new", but it is not. I need the book, and I'll buy it anyway, so you don't need to tell a lie.
Published 10 months ago by Green tea
3.0 out of 5 stars Study of Language book.
There was quite a bit of writing in the book and hard to read some pages as they were all marked up. Esp chapter 10 and 11.
Published 10 months ago by MCLG
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a text book what more can you say lol
Got this for a class for my masters degree. it's been fairly straight forward and easy to follow. it has plenty of question to test your knowledge. Overall pretty good textbook.
Published 13 months ago by Eleece
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book-Concise
Must read for everyone interested in linguistics. Explains concepts and shows clear examples. Should be read side-by-side with The Language Instict of Pinker
Published 16 months ago by ekellrm
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
It's in very good condition when it arrived. I really like it. It is exactly as the picture shows and meets my expectations perfectly.
Published 17 months ago by Lily
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