Synopses & Reviews
Designed for beginners, this best-selling textbook provides a thorough introduction to the study of language. It introduces the analysis of the key elements of language--sounds, words, structures and meanings, and provides a solid foundation in all of the essential topics. The third edition has been extensively revised to include new sections on important contemporary issues in language study, including language and culture, African American English, sign language, and slang. A comprehensive glossary provides useful explanations of technical terms, and each chapter contains a range of new study questions and research tasks, with suggested answers.
This new edition of The Study of Language incorporates many changes that reflect developments in language study over the past decade. There is an entirely new chapter on pragmatics, with an expansion of the chapter on semantics. There are additional sections on speech recognition systems, sign languages, women's and men's language, input in language learning, and several other topics. The presentation retains the clear and lively style which made the first edition a hugely popular introduction to the study of language.
Unrivalled in its popularity, The Study of Language is quite simply the best introduction to the field available today. It introduces the analysis of the key elements of language - sounds, words, structures and meanings, and provides a solid foundation in all of the essential topics, such as how conversation works, child language, and language variation. This third edition has been extensively revised to include fresh study questions, a comprehensive glossary, and new sections on important contemporary issues in language study, including language and culture, slang, gestures, and African American English.
The Study of Language is quite simply the best introduction to the field available today.
About the Author
George Yule has taught Linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawai'i, Louisiana State and Minnesota. He is the author of Pragmatics (1996) and Explaining English Grammar (1998).
Table of Contents
1. The origins of language; 2. Animals and human language; 3. The development of writing; 4. The sounds of language; 5. The sound patterns of language; 6. Words and word-formation processes; 7. Morphology; 8. Phrases and sentences: grammar; 9. Syntax; 10. Semantics; 11. Pragmatics; 12. Discourse analysis; 13. Language and the brain; 14. First language acquisition; 15. Second language acquisition/learning; 16. Gestures and sign languages; 17. Language history and change; 18. Language and regional variation; 19. Language and social variation; 20. Language and culture.