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Title: English Linguistics
Subtitle: A Coursebook for Students of English
Written By: Thomas Herbst
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?isbn=978-3-11-020367-7
Series Title: Mouton Textbook
Description:

The book introduces the reader to the central areas of English linguistics. The
main sections are: the English language and linguistics - sounds - meaning-
carrying units - sentences: models of grammar - meaning - utterances -
variation. Notably, the book is written from a foreign student's perspective of
the English language, i.e. aspects relevant to foreign language teaching
receive particular attention. A great deal of emphasis is put on the insights to
be gained from the analysis of corpora, especially with respect to the
idiomatic character of language (idiom principle, valency approach). In
addition, the text offers basic facts about the history of the language and
elaborates on the differences between British and American English.

The author demonstrates that a linguistic fact can usually be described in
more than one way. To this end, each section contains a chapter written for
beginners providing a broad outline and introducing the basic terminology.
The remaining chapters in each section highlight linguistic facts in more detail
and give an idea of how particular theories account for them.

The book can be used both from the first semester onwards and as perfect
study aid for final B.A.-examinations.

Key features:

- comprehensive introduction to the basics of English linguistics
- written in an accessible and reader-friendly style
- some chapters specifically address beginners
- perfect tool for preparing for B.A.-examinations

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9783110215489
Pages: 368
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783110203677
Pages: 368
Prices: Europe EURO 24.95