Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | June 17, 2003

byP. H. Matthews

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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 guidebegins 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), grammars and dictionaries (how systematic is language?), and phonetics. Explicationof the newest discoveries pertaining to language in the brain completes the coverage of all major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.

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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 guidebegins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts...

Peter Matthews is Professor of Linguistics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His many publications in the field of Linguistics include several academic books, particularly in the area of morphology, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (1997).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:June 17, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Study of Language2. 'Homo loquens'3. Language in Time and Space4. Language Families5. In Praise of Diversity6. What is a Language?7. How Much is Systematic?8. Sounds9. Language and the BrainFurther ReadingIndex