- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Longman (October 15, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321121880
- ISBN-13: 978-0321121882
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction
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While the information is fantastic, the tone of the book is a bit too college-y for my taste. I realize that this text is for college students, but frequent references to dorms rooms scattered with pizza boxes and staying out late with "bros" can get annoying. Also, the authors can get too clever at times, like when they explain how nouns work by using the noun "noun" as the example. Cute, but likely to confuse the dickens out of someone who's not used to the subject.
That's a minor quibble with an otherwise fantastic book. For those who question it's use as an introductory text for future linguistics students, I can only suggest that by becoming intimately familiar with how your own language works, you will be better prepared to tackle something as complicated as Tsez or Hadza. This text keeps the examples in familiar territory, and once someone is comfortable enough they can then use what they know to pick apart something unfamiliar. After this text, something like Ladefoged's "Course In Phonetics" may be the next logical step.