Are you looking for a genuine introduction to the linguistics of English
that provides a broad overview of the subject that sustains students’
interest and avoids excessive detail? Introducing English Linguistics
accomplishes this goal in two ways. First, it takes a top-down approach to
language, beginning with the largest unit of linguistic structure, the
text, and working its way down through successively smaller structures
(sentences, words, and finally speech sounds). The advantage of presenting
language this way is that students are first given the larger picture -
they study language in context - and then see how the smaller pieces of
language are a consequence of the larger goals of linguistic communication.
Second, the book does not contain invented examples, as is the case with
most comparable texts, but instead takes its sample materials from the
major computerised databases of spoken and written English, giving students
a more realistic view of language.