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Linguistics

By: Matthews, P. H.

Part of the Very Short Introductions series
0192801481 / 9780192801487
Paperback
410
01/12/2003
Stock expected by 24/11/2017
England
18 cm [xiii], 134 p. : ill.
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"Linguistics" falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found.

Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects.

A series of short thematic chapters look in turn at such areas as the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space (the nature of change inherent in language), grammar and dictionaries (how systematic is language?), and phonetics.

Explication of the newest discoveries pertaining to language in the brain completes the coverage of all major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.

BIC:

CFA Philosophy of language, CFDC Language acquisition, CFF Historical & comparative linguistics

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