LANGUAGE: ITS STRUCTURE AND USE is one of the best-selling introductory linguistics textbooks because it treats language as both a system (structure) and a social tool (use) - an approach that serves students in many disciplines, especially linguistics, English, speech communications, and education. Features such as “What Do You Think” and “Try It Yourself” prompt students to consider language in daily life and to begin thinking about analysis of language. The variety of exercises is suitable for many purposes, including a section in every chapter “Especially for Educators and Future Teachers.” Based on sound scholarship and framed in a clear, friendly presentation, LANGUAGE: ITS STRUCTURE AND USE, Sixth Edition, helps students understand the uniquely human trait of language.
Table of Contents
1. Languages and Linguistics.
Part I: LANGUAGE STRUCTURES.
2. Words and Their Parts: Lexicon and Morphology.
3. The Sounds of Languages: Phonetics.
4. Sound Systems of Language: Phonology.
5. The Structure and Function of Phrases and Sentences: Syntax.
6. The Study of Meaning: Semantics.
7. Language Universals and Language Typology.
Part II: LANGUAGE USE.
8. Information Structure and Pragmatics.
9. Speech Acts and Conversation.
10. Language Variation across Situations of Use: Registers and Styles.
11. Language Variation among Social Groups: Dialects.
Part III: LANGUAGE CHANGE, LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT, AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.
12. Language Change over Time: Historical Linguistics.
13. Historical Development in English.
14. Acquiring First and Second Languages.
Answers to Exercises for Practice.
Index of Languages.
Index of Internet Sites.
Index of Videos.