- Paperback: 574 pages
- Publisher: Thomson Wadsworth; 5th edition (April 24, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1413030556
- ISBN-13: 978-1413030556
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Language: Its Structure and Use 5th Edition
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"Finegan routinely uses other languages as well as English to illustrate virtually every important topic. This is probably the single strongest feature of the book. In addition, the end of chapter exercises and the separate workbook are very good and the range of topics covered is excellent. And Finegan's sympathy to the performative aspects of language use (language as a communication system that utilizes broader cultural knowledge and contextual cues as well as linguistic competence) is a breath of fresh air."
"Throughout the text, Finegan consistently exhibits a clear, lively writing style that engages the students without sounding condescending. With only a couple of exceptions the chapters beyond the core topics of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax are gems as stand-alone essays on the nature of language. I truly regret that I don't have more time in a semester to include more of them… The exercises at the ends of the chapters are excellent."
About the Author
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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Majority of the examples are given in foreign languages. This is not helpful if you have never studied any of them, and for the ones you have studied, it doesn't make things easier. The exercises he has at the end of each chapter are ambiguous. For example, exercise 8.1a, pp. 272: "Identify the noun phrase that is the topic in sentences 2, 3, and 4." This question can go two ways- identify one noun phrase that is the topic of each of those sentences as a whole or identify three separate noun phrases. Finegan should take more time in the structure of defining the terms in his next edition and condense some of the long, unnecessary examples, as well as get on board with standards (the phonetic charts he uses are out of date).