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Learning about Language


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Learning about Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course.

This series was co-founded by Mick Short and Geoffrey Leech.  It is now edited by Brian Walker and Willem Hollmann who continue to consult with Mick Short.

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The History of Late Modern Englishes An Activity-based Approach

The History of Late Modern Englishes: An Activity-based Approach

1st Edition

Forthcoming

By Keith Johnson
April 30, 2021

The History of Late Modern Englishes provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to the history of the English language from the beginning of the eighteenth century up until the present day. Taking an activity-based approach, this text ensures that students learn by engaging with the ...

The Earliest English An Introduction to Old English Language

The Earliest English: An Introduction to Old English Language

1st Edition

By Chris Mccully, Sharon Hilles
September 09, 2004

The Earliest English provides a student-friendly introduction to Old English and the earliest periods of the history of the English Language as it evolved before 1215. Using non-technical language, the book covers basic terminology, the linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the emergence and ...

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching

3rd Edition

By Keith Johnson
November 23, 2017

An Introduction to Foreign Language Learning and Teaching provides an engaging, student-friendly guide to the field of foreign language learning and teaching. Aimed at students with no background in the area and taking a task-based approach, this book: introduces the theoretical and practical ...

An Introduction to Natural Language Processing Through Prolog

An Introduction to Natural Language Processing Through Prolog

1st Edition

By Clive Matthews
July 10, 1998

Research into Natural Language Processing - the use of computers to process language - has developed over the last couple of decades into one of the most vigorous and interesting areas of current work on language and communication. This book introduces the subject through the discussion and ...

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

5th Edition

By Janet Holmes, Nick Wilson
February 01, 2017

In this best-selling introductory textbook, Janet Holmes and Nick Wilson examine the role of language in a variety of social contexts, considering both how language works and how it can be used to signal and interpret various aspects of social identity. Divided into three sections, this book ...

Watching English Change An Introduction to the Study of Linguistic Change in Standard Englishes in the 20th Century

Watching English Change: An Introduction to the Study of Linguistic Change in Standard Englishes in the 20th Century

1st Edition

By Laurie Bauer
September 12, 1994

Examines the ways language has changed in the twentieth century. It concentrates on standard English and takes a historical rather than sociolinguistic view of the changes which have occurred....

Varieties of Modern English An Introduction

Varieties of Modern English: An Introduction

1st Edition

By Diane Davies
April 07, 2005

The 'story' of English is continually re-told and re-written, as more and more people use the language and have a part in shaping the way it develops. Varieties of Modern English provides a critical introduction to the study of regional, social, gendered, context- and medium-related varieties of ...

An Introduction to Child Language Development

An Introduction to Child Language Development

1st Edition

By Susan H.Foster- Cohen
January 05, 1999

This volume introduces the field of child language development studies, and presents hypotheses in an accessible, largely non-technical language, aiming to demonstrate the relationship between these hypotheses and interpretations of data. It makes the assumption that having a theory of language ...

The History of Early English An activity-based approach

The History of Early English: An activity-based approach

1st Edition

By Keith Johnson
June 22, 2016

The History of Early English provides an accessible and student-friendly introduction to the history of the English language from its beginnings until the end of the Early Modern English period. Taking an activity-based approach, this text ensures that students learn by engaging with the ...

Patterns of Spoken English An Introduction to English Phonetics

Patterns of Spoken English: An Introduction to English Phonetics

1st Edition

By Gerald Knowles
April 13, 1987

First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company....

Analysing Sentences An Introduction to English Syntax

Analysing Sentences: An Introduction to English Syntax

4th Edition

By Noel Burton-Roberts
February 18, 2016

This highly successful text has long been considered the standard introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure. It covers key concepts such as constituency, category and functions, and also utilises tree diagrams throughout to help the reader visualise the structure of ...

An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics

An Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics

2nd Edition

By Friedrich Ungerer, Hans-Jorg Schmid
November 15, 2006

Learning About Language is an exciting and ambitious series of introductions to fundamental topics in language, linguistics and related areas. The books are designed for students of linguistics and those who are studying language as part of a wider course. Cognitive Linguistics explores the idea ...

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