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Linguistics for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Looking at Language through the Lens of Linguistics 7 Chapter 1: Knowing a Language Versus Knowing What Language Is 9 Chapter 2: Communicating with Language: The Design Features 21 Part II: The Building Blocks of Language 33 Chapter 3: Building Sounds: Phonetics 35 Chapter 4: Putting Sounds Together: Phonology 57 Chapter 5: Building Words: Morphology 77 Chapter 6: Creating Sentences: Syntax 95 Chapter 7: Making Sense of Meaning: Semantics 117 Chapter 8: Using Language in Conversation: Pragmatics 133 Part III: The Social Life of Language 151 Chapter 9: Living with Language Variation: Sociolinguistics 153 Chapter 10: Finding Family Relations: Historical Linguistics 171 Chapter 11: Cataloguing Differences: Linguistic Typology 189 Chapter 12: Beginning and Ending: Language Birth and Language Death 205 Part IV: Your Brain on Language: Learning and Processing Language 221 Chapter 13: Learning Language 223 Chapter 14: Perceiving Language 245 Chapter 15: Producing Language 259 Chapter 16: Locating Language in the Brain: Neurolinguistics 277 Part V: Getting from Speaking to Writing 293 Chapter 17: Writing Down Language 295 Chapter 18: Writing Changes You 307 Part VI: The Part of Tens 321 Chapter 19: Ten Myths about Language Busted by Linguistics 323 Chapter 20: Ten Unsolved Problems in Linguistics 331 Chapter 21: Top 10 Jobs for Linguists 337 Index 343

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Strang Burton is a linguist with the Stolo nation and has taught linguistics at a number of universities. Rose-Marie Dechaine and Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson are professors of linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

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