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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: Understanding Language
Subtitle: A Basic Course in Linguistics
Written By: Elizabeth Grace Winkler
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com
Description:

'This book is a beautifully organized, clear and readable introduction to
the field of linguistics. The writing is lively and interesting, while at
the same time presenting complex and often technical ideas in a manner
that's both accurate and accessible. Students brand new to the discipline
will enjoy reading this book, and linguists who teach introductory courses
will benefit from its clear and direct explanations.'

- Amy Fountain, Adjunct lecturer in the Department of Linguistics,
University of Arizona, USA

Understanding Language is an introduction to linguistics aimed at non-major
undergraduate students who are new to the subject. The book is
comprehensive in its coverage of the key areas of linguistics, yet explains
these in an easy to understand, jargon-free way. Pictures, jokes, diagrams,
tables and suggestions for further reading make this an accessible, student
friendly guide which should enable students to navigate this often
complicated area of study. Topics covered include language acquisition;
speech sounds; the make-up of words; grammar; meaning; communication; the
history of English; language variation and change. This is an essential
introduction for any student taking linguistics at university, whether as
their main subject of study, as part of a general education course, or in
conjunction with related fields.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780826484
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 272
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