2nd Edition

Language and Linguistics: The Key Concepts

ISBN 9780415413596
Published July 16, 2007 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

A comprehensive and critical A-Z guide to the main terms and concepts used in the study of language and linguistics, definitions featured include:

  • terms used in grammatical analysis
  • branches of linguistics from semantics to neurolinguistics
  • approaches used in studying language from critical discourse analysis to systemic linguistics
  • linguistic phenomena from code-switching to conversational implicature
  • language varieties from pidgin to standard language.

This fully updated second edition includes a new introduction, a wide range of new entries (reflecting developments in linguistics) and added specialized further reading for lecturers and more advanced students.



R.L. Trask (1994-2004) was the highly regarded Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex. His numerous publications included Language: the Basics (1995) and A Dictionary of Phonetics and Phonology (1995).

Peter Stockwell is Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham and the editor of the Routledge English Language Introductions Series.


Praise for first edition:

'This is a brilliant book. It combines the readability of Pinker with the breadth and erudition of Crystal, and deserves a place of honour as a summary of the best of twentieth-century linguistics – liberal, scholarly, forward-looking, undogmatic, sensible, practical and above all wide-ranging. Every linguist will be pleased ... Every student of linguistics will cling to it and love it.' – Richard Hudson, University College London, UK