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Linguistics for beginners [electronic resource].

Gordon, W. Terrence, 1942- (Author). Willmarth, Susan. (Added Author). hoopla digital. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 9781939994141 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1939994144 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource
  • Publisher: [United States]: For Beginners, 2008.
  • Distributor: Made available through hoopla

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Restrictions on Access Note: Digital content provided by hoopla.
Summary, etc.: Linguistics For Beginners is the first book to ever make the arcane labors of linguistics accessible to general readers. It begins with a lucid definition of language and proceeds to examine how it becomes the subject matter of linguistics. Key topics include the contrast between writing and speech, and elementary lessons in analyses ranging from simple sounds to entire sentences. Absurd fictions such as Eskimos having hundreds of words for snow are exploded, and the borderlands between linguistics and philosophy are investigated. Linguistics For Beginners teaches concise lessons using wit and whimsy making for a memorable learning experience. The reader will learn about language acquisition, ancient languages, little-known languages, tonal and whistle languages, linguistic engineering, structuralism, language origins, the anthropological approach to linguistics, kinship semantics, color lexicons, geographical linguistics, and much more! Linguistics For Beginners is the key tool for linguistic students of any level.
System Details Note: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject: Linguistics.
Electronic books.

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