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Introducing Linguistics brings together the work of scholars working at the cutting-edge of the field of linguistics, creating an accessible and wide-ranging introductory level textbook for newcomers to this area of study. The textbook:
• Provides broad coverage of the field, comprising five key areas: language structures, mind and society, applications, methods, and issues;
• Presents the latest research in an accessible way;
• Incorporates examples from a wide variety of languages – from isiZulu to Washo – throughout;
• Treats sign language in numerous chapters as yet another language, rather than a ‘special case’ confined to its own chapter;
• Includes recommended readings and resource materials, and is supplemented by a companion website.
This textbook goes beyond description and theory, giving weight to application and methodology. It is authored by a team of leading scholars from the world-renowned Lancaster University department, who have drawn on both their research and extensive classroom experience. Aimed at undergraduate students of linguistics, Introducing Linguistics is the ideal textbook to introduce students to the field of linguistics.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Preface by Jonathan Culpeper
Section one: Languages structures
Chapter 1 Phonetics
Sam Kirkham and Claire Nance
Chapter 2 Phonology
Claire Nance and Sam Kirkham
Chapter 3 Morphology
Daniel Van Olmen
Chapter 4 Syntax
Daniel Van Olmen
Chapter 5 Semantics
Christopher Hart and Vittorio Tantucci
Chapter 6 Pragmatics
Jonathan Culpeper and Claire Hardaker
Section two: Mind and society
Chapter 7 Sociolinguistics
Beth Malory and Karin Tusting
Chapter 8 Historical linguistics
Chapter 9 Language acquisition
Silke Brandt and Patrick Rebuschat
Chapter 10 Studying discourse
Chapter 11 Bilingualism and multilingualism
Claire Nance and Aina Casaponsa
Chapter 12 Communication and culture
Section three: Applications
Chapter 13 Forensic linguistics and forensic phonetics
Georgina Brown and Claire Hardaker
Chapter 14 Health communication
Chapter 15 Language in the curriculum
Oksana Afitska and John Clegg
Chapter 16 Critical Discourse Analysis
Chapter 17 Language in the workplace
Chapter 18 Computational linguistics
Section four: Methods
Chapter 19 Research ethics in (applied) linguistics
Uta Papen, Emily Peach, Aina Casaponsa, and Dimitrinka Atanasova
Chapter 20 Experimental methods
Patrick Rebuschat and Aina Casaponsa
Chapter 21 Corpus methods
Tony McEnery and Andrew Hardie
Chapter 22 Field methods
Uta Papen and Claire Nance
Chapter 23 Surveys, questionnaires, interviews and focus groups
Chapter 24 Statistics and data visualisation
Vaclav Brezina and Aina Casaponsa
Section five: Issues
Chapter 25 Generative vs. usage-based approaches to language
Willem B. Hollmann
Chapter 26 Linguistic theories of grammar
Willem B. Hollmann and Vittorio Tantucci
Chapter 27 Linguistic relativity
Chapter 28 Linguistic diversity
Chapter 29 Evolutionary linguistics
Chapter 30 Animal communication
Jonathan Culpeper is Professor of English Language and Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Beth Malory is Lecturer in English Linguistics at University College London, UK, and Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Claire Nance is Senior Lecturer in Phonetics and Phonology in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Daniel Van Olmen is Senior Lecturer in Linguistic Typology and Language Change in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Dimitrinka Atanasova is Lecturer in Intercultural Communication in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Sam Kirkham is Senior Lecturer in Phonetics in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
Aina Casaponsa is Lecturer in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University, UK.
'This textbook reflects well the diversity of experience of a first-year undergraduate in linguistics. Each chapter has a different author and reflects a different teaching style: some start with a definition, but one takes us through the illness of a hypothetical patient called 'Charlie', and two offer a Q&A conversation with a hypothetical eager student. The chapters cover all the standard topics likely to be on a first-year syllabus, including significant coverage of research methods and possible real-world applications. The subject matter is well rooted in relevant research, and a linked website is promised.'
Richard Hudson, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, UCL
'Introducing Linguistics is an impressively comprehensive guide to how language works. It uses exciting examples from across the full range of human languages around the world, spoken as well as signed, and combines these with crystal-clear, readable explanations. The volume is meticulous in covering state-of-the-art ideas from all domains of the field – structure, cognition, social use, applications, methodology, and theoretical debates. This exceptionally wide coverage allows students to discover the full breadth and unique capacities of human language.'
Devyani Sharma, Professor of Sociolinguistics, Queen Mary University of London