Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics

Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics

Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics

Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics

Synopsis

Key Concepts in Language and Linguistics is a comprehensive A - Z guide to all the main terms and concepts used in the study of language and linguistics.Ideal for students, it contains over 200 entries, each providing:* a brief definition of the term followed by a more detailed description* the origin of the concept* key associated individuals* a guide to further reading* extensive cross-referencing.Written by the author of the bestselling Language: the Basics , this is an essential reference guide for all students of language and linguistics.

Excerpt

The book in your hand is neither a dictionary nor an encyclopedia, but something in between. As its title suggests, it provides fairly detailed coverage of nearly 300 key concepts in the study of language. The named concepts selected for inclusion are all among the most important in the field, and among those which every beginning student is likely to encounter.

The concepts are taken from every area of language study, from traditional grammar to contemporary grammatical theory, from child language to language and brain, from lexicography to the linguistic study of literary texts, from men's and women's speech to language and power. Each entry provides a brief definition of the term entered and then goes on to explain the concept in some detail—often with numerous examples—and it also introduces and explains related terms, which are given in bold italics. Wherever possible, the historical origins of the concept are described, including the time of introduction and the names of individuals who have made the concept prominent. When a concept is controversial, the entry says so. Cross-references to other concepts with their own entries are frequent, and are always given in boldface. In most cases, the entry concludes with cross-references to other entries which are related, and with a list of suggested further reading, usually arranged from briefest and most elementary to most advanced and comprehensive. A complete bibliography of the suggested reading is provided after the main part of the book. Where little . . .

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