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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

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Title: Linguistics
Subtitle: An Introduction
Written By: William B McGregor
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/linguistics/mcgregor
Description:

"McGregor's Introduction is a very well-balanced and informative
introductory text. It is designed to give the student a sense of being able
to think clearly about language, and to engage in the study of language in
any of its diverse manifestations -- always in a perspective in which (as
McGregor says) "meaning and use play absolutely central roles". The book
will make it clear to students what it means to say that linguistics is the
science of language."
- M. A. K. Halliday, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, University of
Sydney, Australia.

"William McGregor's new textbook is an excellent introduction to
linguistics. It is clear, precise and readable, comprehensible and
comprehensive, and it is eminently usable as both a core course text as
well as a reference work. It also does not neglect the extensions and
applications of linguistics in the real world. This book is likely to
become the benchmark for linguistics texts in the next few years."
- Peter Stockwell, Professor of Literary Linguistics, University of
Nottingham, UK.

Linguistics is a fresh and contemporary introductory textbook for all
students of linguistics and language studies. It is firmly based around
taught courses and caters to student needs: it addresses all the topics
that a student will need in their initial and subsequent study of language.

With key terms, further reading, questions at the end of each chapter,
exercises and key paragraphs in stand-out boxes, this is a firmly pedagogic
text that takes difficult concepts and explains them in an easy to
understand way. Examples are taken from a range of languages across the
world. Global in its scope and comprehensive in its coverage, this is the
textbook of choice for linguistics students.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1847063667
ISBN-13: 9781847063663
Pages: 408
Prices: U.S. $ 160.00
U.K. £ 80.00

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1847063675
ISBN-13: 9781847063670
Pages: 408
Prices: U.K. £ 21.99
U.S. $ 39.95