Intro to Linguistics book for Entrance Exam
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We've just been told we need to change the linguistics book for the|
entrance exam, and we need to give the admin people the title of the new
book by the end of this week (Friday 28 September). Basically we need a
book that introduces linguistics to the layman, i.e. a 'study of
language' type book. The level is more or less equivalent to secondary
school grads in the USA or the UK, and since they have to buy it, i
should not be too expensive (around £12 pounds UK, 20 Euros, 15 dollars
US). It should also cover more than one theory of syntax, e.g. a book
that considers Chomsky to be the only authority on syntax is no
acceptable: talking about syntax and 'rules of grammar' as a general
idea without getting into any theories at all is ok.
We've been using Trask, R.L. (1995) Language: the Basics. We like the
Trask book. But we've been using it for five years and now we have to
get another book. HELP!
Reply to me personally a
and I'll summarise for the list if there's enough interest.
Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen
Prof. of English Linguistics, University of Vaasa, Finland