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Introduction to Linguistics. Marcus Kracht. Department of Linguistics, UCLA. Campbell Hall. Hilgard Avenue. Los Angeles, CA – Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduate linguistics majors and . [PDF BOOK] A Concise Introduction to Linguistics Download EBOOK EPUB KINDLE By Bruce M. Rowe A Concise Introduction to Linguistics.
The language of this textbook is accessible to first year students and the style in which the author writes is condusive to the colliquial speech used in the modern day classroom.
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The textbook is easy to navigate, it features hypertext links through out. Chapters as evenly divided into palable sections with activities to complete at the end of each. The topic in the textbook proceeds in the order commonly taken up by linguistics, which follows the order in which language is acquired in the mind of a first language learner begining with Phonetic, phonology, morphology, syntax and ends with semantics.
The textbook does not contain in insentive or offensive use of language. It provides a much need treatment of indigenous languages in the Canadian North American regions. Very useful introduction to the main subcategories of linguistics.
Some additional units on sociolinguistics, pragmatics, writing systems, and sign language would be useful. Very relevant. Some references are geared towards this current moment with exercises referencing current geopolitics and famous people. Very easy to read and understand with a clear organizational structure.
All terms are fully introduced. Excellent use of short sections, breaking up subjects and checking knowledge with frequent exercises. No problems with interface that I can detect.
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I appreciate the fact that most charts are machine-readable for students with disabilities. This is a well-presented introduction to linguistics that is very accessible for introductory students. The text is extremely well-organized, making use of multiple modes of presentation that compliment one another. I particularly appreciate the accessibility of this text with fully-transcribed video lectures, charts that are able to be text-selected and machine-read. Each section is complimented by a few exercises with a link to answers so students can check their understanding as they read.
The one possible problem that I can see at least in my case, since I am American is that the book focuses on Canadian English. Fortunately, there are plenty of American resources for linguistics, so I will still be using this textbook with just a few resources to compliment it. This is a fantastic find! The explanations are very clear and adequate as an introductory source.
The comprehension exercises help the reader and can also help the instructor check for students' comprehension. The video segments facilitate understanding as well. The content is clear throughout. The book has a cognitive approach to language and it focuses on generative linguistics. For linguists who work on other approaches to language, some sections will still prove very useful, especially the section on native languages.
It provides the essentials of generative linguistics.
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The section of phonology will stay updated for a long time, the contents of syntax might be outdated but only because generative syntax theory is dynamic.
It is an introductory book to generative linguistics with a strong emphasis on phonology and phonetics. However, the last section of the book is on indigenous languages in Canada, which adds value to the book but it in a way that feels a bit disconnected from the rest, since it does not include many of the formal aspects previously seen and it is mostly the transcript of an interview.
Each section is written and organized in such a way that it is possible to assign only certain sections, that is, specific chapters. The only odd thing is that each chapter is also called a "Part", e.
Chapter Word Meaning", instead of simply "Chapter 10". In future editions, it might be useful to add commonly used names in linguistics to each chapter, e. The link to the videos work well once the book is downloaded from the pdf.
The preset volume level is low for some videos The message "A YouTube element has been excluded from this version of the text" is a little odd. Overall, I had no issues reading it from my computer. The table on p.
This is a very useful introductory book to generative linguistics. However, the first part is inclusive of many linguistics approaches to language, especially tackling common misconceptions about what linguists do. The section on phonetics and phonology are well developed, but much more so than other sections of the book. The last section, on indigenous languages, can also be used for approaches other than generative.
The explanations on parts of speech are very clear and intuitive, and can be used for L2 teaching or basic grammar courses.
The fact that it is an electronic book allows for some nice features: All videos come with a script so the reader can choose to watch or read them. The comprehension exercises and the accessibility of the answers make it user friendly. It is a very good supplementary textbook. In describing verb agreement p.
As the author's summary and other reviews have stated, this textbook covers several subfields of linguistics but not all. Sociolinguistics is mentioned by name precisely once. Some attention is paid to variation, but the discussion is mostly under Some attention is paid to variation, but the discussion is mostly under the term "accent" and within the English language, rather than highlighting that all languages have varieties that differ in morphology, syntax, and lexicon as well as in "accent".
While not every topic can be covered in depth, a linguistics textbook that doesn't include this major subfield wouldn't work by itself for my introductory course. There is also nothing about signed languages. The section on indigenous languages and language revitalisation focusing on Mohawk is a valuable unit, though more specific than the rest of the text.
The book is clearly and engagingly written. The conversational tone is a major strength in an introductory textbook.
The chapters are a good length to be assigned as class readings. Some explanations are ordered differently than how I would assign them.
For example, in the syntax chapter, tree diagrams are explained before the concept of constituents is introduced. However, it would be relatively straightforward to tailor readings by assigning specific sections of chapters. As the author's summary states, the book is aimed at anglophone Canadian students. It could be assigned to students in the United States without any changes beyond mentioning this fact and bringing local examples up in class. On the whole, this is a valuable resource for an introductory linguistics course that could be supplemented with readings on sociolinguistics and signed languages.
The textbook's strength lies in the comprehensive review of the following areas of linguistics: The textbook does not sufficiently address other areas typically covered in introductory The textbook does not sufficiently address other areas typically covered in introductory courses in linguistics, but, as the title suggests, the aim was to cover the essentials. The textbook content is relevant in and will not age any time soon. The main topic deals with the foundations of linguistics as a science and will stand the test of time.
The Canadian references are both the strength and the weakness of this text: This is a very clearly written text with enough examples to introduce, situate, and contextualize linguistic terminology.
It is written with a lay audience in mind and can be used successfully in introductory courses in linguistics.
The chapters and the units are very consistently organized with video and practice supplements guiding the reader. The second edition includes added explanations, examples and exercises, updated references and web links and an expanded number of entries in the glossary. It includes new material on analysing texts for interpersonal and evaluative meanings, and on analysing multimodal texts for meaning provided from combinations of verbal language and visual modes, providing an increased range of text and discourse analytical tools.
It asks readers to start thinking theoretically about language through an exercise in categorizing the elements of a clause, and explains the descriptive approach to language that linguists are committed to—rather than providing a set of prescriptive rules to follow, linguistics provide understandings of language as it exists.
It further introduces three key linguists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries: Ferdinand de Saussure, Noam Chomsky and Michael Halliday, to give readers a glimpse of the different ways in which language has been theorized and analyzed through the field of linguistics.
The chapter opens with concepts from pragmatics, which allows analysis of how meaning is created through interaction within a given context, with explanations of and exercises in speech act theory, conversational implicature, politeness, and conversation analysis.
Also included are sections on spoken discourse markers, vague language, ellipsis and intonation, features that help us achieve our communicative needs in spoken interactive situations. The chapter ends with phonetics and phonology, two traditional areas of study within modern linguistics. It then turns to the morpheme, or the smallest unit of meaning in language.
Morphology, which has a long and rich tradition in linguistics, is the area of linguistics which studies morphemes and the ways in which morphemes combine together into larger units of meaning. The chapter explains the different classes of morphemes derivational and inflectional, root and stem, free and bound, and demonstrates the various forms of morpheme affixation which exist in languages from around the world.
It further goes on to explain morphonemics, which brings together considerations of phonology and morphology. The chapter also includes a section on semantics, or the study of meaning, touching on semiotics, sense and reference, semantic relations among words synonymy, polysemy, etc. Through SFG, Halliday set out to show how humans use language to mean in society, and modelling of language through SFG shows the meta-functional nature of language.
Readers come away from this chapter with a full understanding of the elements of language and how they combine together to make meaning. It provides ways of analyzing especially written texts for their overall structure, drawing on work in text analysis by Michael Hoey, William Labov, Eugene Winter and others.
Genre analysis, based on the work of Jim Martin and others in Systemic Functional Linguistics, as well as that of researchers working within English for Specific Purposes, such as John Swales, is also explained, and a wealth of exercises in genre and text analysis are included. A section on register, especially focusing on differences between more formal written language and more casual spoken language, helps raise awareness of the importance of appropriateness of language choice to a given context, allowing readers a stronger grasp of their own language use in different contexts.Let us, for illustration's sake, consider a couple of examples and then see what the real role of etymology in historical linguistics is.
Furthermore, it is an excellent reference book and one I can imagine myself returning to often. Glamour is a changed form of the word grammar, originally in use in Scots English; it meant 'magic, enchantment, spell', found especially in the phrase 'to cast the glamour over one'. While not every topic can be covered in depth, a linguistics textbook that doesn't include this major subfield wouldn't work by itself for my introductory course.
While it opens with a brief look at how language might have developed in humankind, the main focus is on how and why human language as we know it today changes.
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