Linguistics and Your Language

Linguistics and Your Language

Linguistics and Your Language

Linguistics and Your Language

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This book is intended as a brief, popular discussion of a number of problems connected with language, and of the science of language-linguistics-and what it can contribute to the solution of these problems. There have been a number of recent expositions of linguistics, particularly Hockett A Course in Modern Linguistics; their purpose, however, and their scope are somewhat different from those of this book. The aim of this book is not to give so thorough a discussion of linguistic science, as does Hockett, for instance; on the other hand, it stresses somewhat more than previous works the conclusions of linguistics and their implications for our society. It is, to a certain extent, a tract addressed to the general public, in favor of a scientific attitude towards language and of linguistic relativism and tolerance, but including only as much detailed scientific analysis as is necessary to justify or exemplify its statements and conclusions.

In accordance with our basic aim as stated above, we have reduced the discussion of technical methods and procedures to the minimum consonant with our purpose of presenting the results and implications of linguistics. Yet the technical aspect cannot be omitted entirely; otherwise the reader would have nothing but the author's unsupported word for many of the conclusions presented, and no way of seeing or judging for himself the procedures underlying the results. The main body of the text has been worded so as to avoid . . .

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