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Title: The Language of Language
Subtitle: Core Concepts in Linguistic Analysis
Written By: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Sunita Anne Abraham
Description:

Spoken language is the prime human tool for expressing meaning – "human"
because spoken language seems to be a feature unique to homo sapiens
sapiens; "prime" because speech has been around a lot longer than writing,
which was invented as a way of representing speech; and finally, a "tool"
because language serves to link meaning with expression. How language does
this is one of the key questions answered in this book.

Given our shared capacity for language, it's hardly surprising that
language represents a topic of interest to many human beings. Language is
talked about using everyday words in everyday situations. But, as with any
other discipline, linguistics has its own conventions for talking about the
object of its inquiry, so that findings and insights can be shared clearly,
concisely and without ambiguity. The language of language explored in this
book refers to linguistics, the science of language, and linguists'
agreed-upon ways of talking about the object of their investigation. What's
interesting about linguistics is that language is both the object of
exploration and the vehicle for expressing discoveries about language, much
as the brain is both the object of investigation and the vehicle for
studying itself, in the brain sciences.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Pearson Prentice Hall
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Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language
Discipline of Linguistics
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ISBN: 9810676182
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Pages: 288
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