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Introducing English Linguistics

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Introducing English Linguistics

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Author/Editor(s): Charles F. Meyer
Publication Date: June 22, 2009
ISBN-10: 0521833507
ISBN-13: 978-0521833509
Language: English
Edition: 1
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Size: 2.88 MB
Format: pdf

Book Description

Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students' interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics accomplishes this goal in two ways.

First, it takes a top-down approach to language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the text, and working its way down through successively smaller structures (sentences, words, and finally speech sounds). The advantage of presenting language this way is that students are first given the larger picture - they study language in context - and then see how the smaller pieces of language are a consequence of the larger goals of linguistic communication.

Second, the book does not contain invented examples, as is the case with most comparable texts, but instead takes its sample materials from the major computerized databases of spoken and written English, giving students a more realistic view of language.

About the Author

Charles F. Meyer is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His recent publications include English Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2002).


Just the textbook for those who prefer a thorough introduction to historical, social, and textual aspects of English before tackling formal linguistics.

--Bill Kretzschmar, University of Georgia
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