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A Short Introduction to the Study of Language

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Table of Contents

1. What is Language? 2. Language and Other Animal Communication Systems 3. Teaching Human Language to Apes 4. Language Learning 5. Experiments in Language Acquisition 6. Abnormal Language 7. Bilingualism 8. Are there Primitive Languages? 9. Non-Standard Dialects

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Ellen Thompson is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Florida International University in Miami.


"A compendious, useful guide to fundamental concepts in the scientific study of language. It's a very welcome addition to the field and it would be an ideal textbook for any course that is an introduction to linguistics." Professor Michael Aceto, East Carolina University "An intellectually stimulating and accessible introduction to the main concepts in modern language study. A wonderful textbook for an undergraduate Introduction to Language course." Professor Karen Zagona, University of Washington

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