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Language: The Basics

2nd Edition

By R.L. Trask


264 pages

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What makes human language unique?

Do women speak differently from men?

Just what is the meaning of "meaning"?

Language: The Basics provides a concise introduction to the study of language. Written in an engaging and entertaining style, it encourages the reader to think about the way language works.

It features:

* chapters on 'Language in Use', 'Attitudes to Language', 'Children and Language' and 'Language, Mind and Brain'

* a section on sign language

* a glossary of key terms

* handy annotated guides to further reading.

Providing an accessible overview of a fascinating subject, this is an essential book for all students and anyone who's ever been accused of splitting an infinitive.


'The best primer around: it's not just instructive, but written with clarity, verve, and a sense of fun.'The Guardian

Table of Contents

The Uniqueness of Human Language, The Grammatical Backbone, Language and Meaning, Variation in Language, Change in Language, Language in Use, Language, Mind and Brain, Children and Language, Attitudes to Language

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General