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Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theoryby Victoria A. Fromkin
Synopses & Reviews
Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduate linguistics majors and first-year graduate students. Twelve major figures in the field bring their expertise to each of the core areas of the field - morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition.
In each section the book is concerned with discussing the underlying principles common to all languages, showing how these are revealed in language acquisition and in the specific grammars of the world's languages. Theoretical concepts are introduced through the analysis of a wide set of language data from Arabic to Zulu. The student will learn how to "do" linguistics by working through real linguistic data. Each section explains how to define and solve a problem; organizes the data into paradigms revealing the structured patterns in the data; formulates generalizations based on these patterns; proposes rules or principles to account for the generalization; seeks independent evidence in its argument for the proposed theoretical construct.
The book brings the latest developments in theoretical linguistics to bear in its discussion of the traditional issues. It covers these subjects in greater depth than is found in most introductory texts permitting the student to proceed directly, after using this text, to graduate courses in the field. It contains problems, a glossary, and a bibliography for further reading.
Linguistics is supported by an instructor's manual.
Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduate linguistics majors and first-year graduate students, by twelve major figures in the field, each bringing their expertise to one of the core areas of the field - morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition. In each section the book is concerned with discussing the underlying principles common to all languages, showing how these are revealed in language acquisition and in the specific grammars of the world's languages.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -728) and index.
About the Author
Victoria A. Fromkin has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA Department of Linguistics since 1966 and served as its Chair from 1972 to 1976. From 1979 to 1989 she served as the UCLA Graduate Dean and Vice Chancellor of Graduate Programs and she has received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Fromkin is co-author with Robert Rodman of An Introduction to Language (Sixth Edition, 1998).
Table of Contents
Section I: Introduction:.
1. Linguistics: The Scientific Study Of Human Language.
Section 2: Morphology And Syntax: .
2. Morphology: The Structure Of Words.
3. Syntax I: Argument Structure And Phrase Structure.
4. Syntax II: Syntactic Dependencies.
5. Syntax III: The Distribution Of Verbal Forms: A Case Study.
6. Acquisition Of Word And Sentence Structure.
Section 3: Semantics: .
7. Semantics I: Compositionality.
8. Semantics II: Scope.
9. Semantics III: Cross Categorial Parallelisms.
10. Acquisition Of Meaning.
Section 4: Phonetics And Phonology: .
11. Phonetics: The Sounds Of Language.
12. Phonology I: Basic Principles And Methods.
13. Phonology II: Representations.
14. Phonology III: Explanation And Constraints.
15. Acquisition Of Phonetics And Phonology.
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