The Study of Language

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 4, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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.
 

Contents

The social interaction source
3
Animals and human language
10
The sounds of language
25
Glottal stops and flaps
33
Further reading
39
Word formation
52
Morphology
66
Grammar
80
Background knowledge
149
Language and the brain
156
First language acquisition
170
Second language acquisitionlearning
186
Gestures and sign languages
198
Writing
211
Language history and change
224
Language and regional variation
239

Discussion topicsprojects
94
Symbols used in syntactic analysis
100
Study questions
107
Semantics
112
Hyponymy
118
Discussion topicsprojects
124
Discourse analysis
141
Language planning
246
Language and social variation
253
Language and culture
266
Glossary
282
References
297
Index
307
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George Yule has taught Linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawaii, Louisiana State and Minnesota. He is the author of a number of books, including Discourse Analysis (with Gillian Brown, 1983) and Pragmatics (1996).

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