An Introduction to English Language

Author: Koenraad Kuiper,W. Scott Allan

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137496886

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Have you ever noticed something unusual about vocabulary or pronunciation and wanted to know more? Have you ever wondered how the building blocks of language fit together? Do you want to understand the different ways speakers of English communicate with each other? Back for its fourth edition, An Introduction to English Language is essential reading for students of English language and linguistics. Combining accessibility with depth, it is a textbook that assumes no prior knowledge and will serve as an ideal companion for anybody approaching this subject for the first time. This revised and updated fourth edition of An Introduction to English Language: • Is packed with fresh material, including a brand new chapter on pragmatics • Includes a range of in-text activities and exercises for practicing what you've learned as you go • Is accompanied by an interactive ebook which allows you to access media resources while you're on the move. The book's learning materials (including Powerpoint slides, downloadable sound files and video tutorials) are also freely available on the book's companion website:

An introduction to English morphology

words and their structure

Author: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 151

View: 447

What exactly are words? Are they the things that get listed in dictionaries, or are they the basic units of sentence structure? Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy explores the implications of these different approaches to words in English. He explains the various ways in which words are related to one another, and shows how the history of the English language has affected word structure. Topics include: words, sentences and dictionaries; a word and its parts (roots and affixes); a word and its forms (inflection); a word and its relatives (derivation); compound words; word structure; productivity; and the historical sources of English word formation.

The English Studies Book

An Introduction to Language, Literature and Culture

Author: Rob Pope

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415257091

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 420

View: 9664

Designed specifically for students studying English language and/or literature at universities and colleges, this textbook combines critical dictionary, anthology and study guide. It is inter-disciplinary in approach and flexible in its range of applications.

An Introduction to English Grammar

Author: Sidney Greenbaum,Gerald Nelson

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780582437418

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 309

View: 639

An introductory descriptive survey, intended for for students, teachers and general readers, which offers coverage of grammatical topics with sections on spelling, punctuation and exercises.

Philosophy for Linguists

An Introduction

Author: Siobhan Chapman,Lecturer in English Language School of English Siobhan Chapman

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415206587

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Philosophy for Linguists provides students with a clear, concise introduction to the main topics of the philosophy of language. Each chapter includes an accessible introduction, concise notes, and numerous examples and quotations.

Language in Society

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Suzanne Romaine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198731922

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

View: 9712

Language in Society provides a clear, lively, and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics, emphasizing the constant interaction between society and language. The text discusses both traditional and recent issues such as language and social class, language and gender, language and education, pidgins and creoles, and language change, and it shows how our linguistic choices are motivated by social factors and how certain ways of speaking come to be vested with symbolic value. Examples draw on studies of cultures and languages all over the world, including Romaine's own extensive fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Hawai'i, and the UK.

An Introduction to English Syntax

Author: Jim Miller,James Edward Miller

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748612536

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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In An Introduction to English Syntax, Jim Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide range of university courses, in business, in teaching and in speech therapy. The book deals with traditional concepts which have been greatly refined and extended over the past thirty years: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are and how they can be recognised; what a subordinate clause is and how different types of subordinate clause can be recognised; what subjects and objects are. The book draws out the connections between syntax and meaning; in particular, two chapters focus on topics such as tense, mood and voice which are central to the use of language and are of major importance in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar interconnect very closely. There is a final chapter on how sentences are combined in the creation of texts and on the role of various syntactic constructions in texts.* Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax* Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms* Exercises and sources for further reading provided

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure International Student Edition

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521157307


Page: 466

View: 8934

This outstanding resource for students offers a step-by-step, practical introduction to English syntax and syntactic principles, as developed by Chomsky over the past 15 years. Assuming little or no prior background in syntax, Andrew Radford outlines the core concepts and how they can be used to describe various aspects of English sentence structure. This is an abridged version of Radford's major new textbook Analysing English Sentences (also published by Cambridge University Press), and will be welcomed as a handy introduction to current syntactic theory.

Analysing Sentences

An Introduction to English Syntax

Author: Noel Burton-Roberts

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: 9781408233740

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 279

View: 1875

This highly successful text has long been considered a standard introduction to the practical analysis of English sentence structure. As in previous editions, key concepts such as constituency, category and function are carefully explained as they are introduced. Tree diagrams are used throughout to help the reader visualise the hierarchical structure of sentences. The final chapter sets the analysis in the context of generative grammar. In this third edition, Analysing Sentences has been thoroughly revised. It has an attractive new layout, more examples, clearer explanations and summaries of major points. A major change concerns the analysis of auxiliary verbs, which has been revised to bring it more in line with current thinking. Clear development from chapter to chapter, together with the author’s accessible style, make this book suitable for readers with no previous experience of sentence analysis. A practical and reader-friendly text, it includes many in-text exercises and end-of-chapter exercises, all with answers, and Further Exercises, making it suitable for self-directed study as well as for taught courses. Noel Burton-Roberts is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University. He is the author of The Limits to Debate: a Revised Theory of Semantic Presupposition (CUP 1989), the editor of Phonological Knowledge: Conceptual and Empirical Issues (OUP 2000) and Pragmatics (Palgrave, 2007), and the author of numerous articles on various aspects of linguistics and the English language.