Oxford Introduction to Language Study: Linguistics

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byH. G. WiddowsonEditorH. G. Widdowson

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This is an introduction to linguistics, the study of human language. The author provides a succinct but lucid outline of the ways in which language has been defined, described, and explored, and guides readers towards further exploration of their own.

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This is an introduction to linguistics, the study of human language. The author provides a succinct but lucid outline of the ways in which language has been defined, described, and explored, and guides readers towards further exploration of their own.

Professor Henry Widdowson is Emeritus Professor of Education, University of London, and has also been Professor of Applied Linguistics at Essex University and Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna.

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PrefaceAuthor's prefaceSECTION 1 Survey1. The nature of languageIn the beginning ...The design of languageAnimal communicationHuman language: endowment or accomplishment?Language, mind, and social life2. The scope of linguisticsExperience and explanationModels and mapsDimensions of idealizationLangue and paroleCompetence and performanceKnowledge and ability3. Principles and levels of analysisType and tokenPrinciples of classificationDimensions of analysisLevels of analysis4. Areas of enquiry: focus on formThe patterns of sound: phonetics and phonologySound segmentsSyllablesStress and intonationThe construction of words: morphologyDerivation and inflectionThe combination of words: syntaxGrammatical systemsConstituent structure5. Areas of enquiry: focus on meaningMeaning in language: semanticsThe meaning of wordsSemantic componentsSense relationsRelations between wordsMeaning in context: pragmaticsReference, force, and effectContext and schemaNegotiation of meaningRelations between utterances6. Current issuesThe scope of linguisticsThe data of linguisticsThe relevance of linguisticsSECTION 2ReadingsSECTION 3ReferencesSECTION 4Glossary

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'Widdowson accomplishes the formidable task of making linguistics accessible without being superficial.' - SATEFL Newsletter