David Crystal brings linguistics alive in these specially recorded lectures, which together with the resources located here form a complete introductory course to linguistics. Now available for the first time to licence for use as a digital resource for your courses, for online learning resources, or for part of a digital course pack.

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Six 30-minute lectures, each divided into two parts for flexibility of use in lectures and virtual learning environments, cover all the key topics in an introductory English-language/linguistics course, under the headings:

  • Language, Communication & Pragmatics
  • The Structure of Language – semantics and grammar
  • The Mode of Transmission – speech and writing
  • Language in Use: Temporal Variation
  • Language in Use – regional, social and personal variation
  • Language & Discourse

This is an essential resource for all beginning students of English language, linguistics and English as a second language.