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LINGUIST List 16.2352

Tue Aug 09 2005

Books: General Linguistics, English: Kortmann

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joachim Larché, English Linguistics: Kortmann

Message 1: English Linguistics: Kortmann
Date: 09-Aug-2005
From: Joachim Larché <Joachim.Larchecornelsen.de>
Subject: English Linguistics: Kortmann

Title: English Linguistics
Subtitle: Essentials
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cornelsen Verlag

Book URL: http://www.cornelsen-shop.de/shop=lehrer/bestnr=311627

Author: Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg
Paperback: ISBN: 3464311627 Pages: 330 Price: Europe EURO 13.95

This 300-page paperback is the revised, updated and moderately enlarged
English edition of Linguistik: Essentials, a very successful (and most
positively reviewed) textbook used in many English language and linguistics
departments in Germany since its first publication in 1999 (currently in
the 4th print run). The German edition, by the way, will continue to be

The book has grown out of 15 years teaching experience with students of
English linguistics at all levels. Primarily addressed to a student
audience, it has also found many readers among school teachers of English
wanting to (re-)connect with the essentials and latest developments in
linguistics. University students have found the German edition a very
useful companion all through their academic studies as it combines the
essentials of the core branches of linguistics with an account of the state
of the art at the beginning of the 21st century. At many English
departments in Germany, it is used as a standard textbook in introductory
classes to linguistics. However, advanced undergraduates, especially those
approaching their exams in linguistics, graduates enrolled in Masters
programmes in linguistics as well as student tutors and teaching assistants
(TAs) have found (and will surely continue to find) this book equally
helpful. Part of the reason why this book has appealed to so many students
is the reader-friendly layout with many mnemonic devices in the text, the
large number of survey figures and tables, and, for each chapter,
checklists with the key terms, exercises for revision and questions for
further study (with an answer key for the former). The exercises and study
questions, in particular, are extremely useful for self-study. The book
uses standard terminology familiar from internationally widely used
textbooks in individual linguistic subdisciplines.

Originally written for a German-speaking audience, English Linguistics:
Essentials addresses an international readership. In the scene-setting
Chapter I, the reader is introduced to the major dichotomies and research
traditions of 20th century linguistics (structuralism, formalism,
functionalism), recent developments in the field, such as corpus
linguistics and the renewed interest in - including innovative approaches
to - historical linguistics, and a brief evaluation of the state of
(English) linguistics at the turn of the 21st century. The following
chapters deal with the core branches of linguistics in the following order:
phonetics and phonology, morphology (especially word-formation), grammar,
semantics, pragmatics, and sociolinguistics. One chapter is specifically
concerned with the structure of English from a contrastive (English-German)
and typological perspective. This chapter can be profitably read even by
readers whose knowledge of German is rudimentary or non-existent since it
places contrastive linguistics within the other branches of comparative
linguistics, adopting a specifically typological perspective, and discusses
bundles of distinctive structural properties of English not addressed
elsewhere in the book.

If you want to learn more about the book, feel free to visit the author's
http://www.anglistik.uni-freiburg.de/institut/lskortmann/Essentials.htm or
go immediately to the publishers' online-shop:

English Linguistics: Essentials is exclusively published as a paperback,
selling at a student-friendly price of 13.95 Euro.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (ENG)

Written In: English (ENG )

See this book announcement on our website:

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