Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written
for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduate linguistics
majors and first-year graduate students. Twelve major figures in the field
bring their expertise to each of the core areas of the field - morphology,
syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition.
In each section the book is concerned with discussing the underlying
principles common to all languages, showing how these are revealed in
language acquisition and in the specific grammars of the world's languages.
Theoretical concepts are introduced through the analysis of a wide set of
language data from Arabic to Zulu. The student will learn how to "do"
linguistics by working through real linguistic data. Each section explains
how to define and solve a problem; organizes the data into paradigms
revealing the structured patterns in the data; formulates generalizations
based on these patterns; proposes rules or principles to account for the
generalization; seeks independent evidence in its argument for the proposed
The book brings the latest developments in theoretical linguistics to bear
in its discussion of the traditional issues. It covers these subjects in
greater depth than is found in most introductory texts permitting the
student to proceed directly, after using this text, to graduate courses in
the field. It contains problems, a glossary, and a bibliography for further
Linguistics is supported by an instructor's manual.