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