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Learning about Language


About the Series

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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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 09, 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 ...

Meaning in Interaction An Introduction to Pragmatics

Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics

1st Edition

By Jenny A. Thomas
November 22, 1995

Meaning in Interaction: An Introduction to Pragmatics is a comprehensive introductory text which discusses the development of pragmatics - its aims and methodology - and also introduces themes that are not generally covered in other texts.Jenny Thomas focuses on the dynamic nature of speaker ...

Realms of Meaning An Introduction to Semantics

Realms of Meaning: An Introduction to Semantics

1st Edition

By Thomas R. Hofmann
November 22, 1993

Provides an understanding of the way meaning works in natural languages, against a background of how we communicate with language. Examples are chosen mainly from English to provide material for the wider discussion of the principles of the subject, but European, East Asian and other languages also...

Words and Their Meaning

Words and Their Meaning

1st Edition

By Howard Jackson
October 24, 1988

In this book, the development of the English dictionary is examined, along with the kinds of dictionary available, the range of information they contain, factors affecting their usage, and public attitudes towards them. As well as an descriptive analysis of word meaning, the author considers ...

The Sounds of Language An Introduction to Phonetics

The Sounds of Language: An Introduction to Phonetics

1st Edition

By Henry Rogers
April 10, 2000

Phonetics is the scientific study of sounds used in language- how the sounds are produced, how they are transferred from the speaker to the hearer and how they are heard and perceived. The Sounds of Language provides an accessible, general introduction to phonetics with a special emphasis on ...

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

An Introduction to Psycholinguistics

2nd Edition

By Danny Steinberg, Natalia Sciarini
January 11, 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. An Introduction to Psycholinguistics ...

Grammar and Meaning A Semantic Approach to English Grammar

Grammar and Meaning: A Semantic Approach to English Grammar

1st Edition

By Howard Jackson
October 29, 1990

Grammar and Meaning is an introduction to the study of grammar of contemporary English. It provides an impressive survey of all the main areas of English grammar, from words through to sentences and texts. It introduces and explains the linguistic terms needed to talk about the ways in which ...

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