Editor's Note: This is a new edition of a
previously announced book.
This bestselling textbook provides an engaging
and user-friendly introduction to the study of
language. Assuming no prior knowledge of the
subject, Yule presents information in
bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the
major concepts in linguistics – from how
children learn language to why men and women
speak differently, through all the key elements
of language. This fifth edition has been
revised and updated with new figures and
tables, additional topics, and numerous new
examples using languages from across the world.
To increase student engagement and to foster
problem-solving and critical thinking skills,
the book includes thirty new tasks. An expanded
and revised online study guide provides
students with further resources, including
answers and tutorials for all tasks, while
encouraging lively and proactive learning. This
is the most fundamental and easy-to-use
introduction to the study of language.
1. The origins of language; 2. Animals and
human language; 3. The sounds of language; 4.
The sound patterns of language; 5.
Word-formation; 6. Morphology; 7. Grammar; 8.
Syntax; 9. Semantics; 10. Pragmatics; 11.
Discourse analysis; 12. Language and the brain;
13. First language acquisition; 14. Second
language acquisition/learning; 15. Gestures and
sign languages; 16. Written language; 17.
Language history and change; 18. Regional
variation in language; 19. Social variation in
language; 20. Language and culture;
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