Contemporary Linguistics: An Introduction, 2ed. is a comprehensive, fully up-to-date introduction to linguistics. All the core topics of linguistics are covered, including phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, the genetic and typological classification of the languages of the world, and historical linguistics. Interdisciplinary areas discussed include language and the brain, psycholinguistics - the study of language processing, first and second language acquisition, language in social contexts and the fast-growing area of computational linguistics.
* A modular arrangement of the material facilitates the use of the book in courses at varying levels, and with differing emphasis.
* Comprehensive and up-to-date introductory text.
* Includes flagged material for more advanced study, end-of-chapter exercises and a detailed glossary.
* Includes Language Matters boxes providing more general interest reading.
* Includes extra student resources available in a Companion Website (www.pearsoned.co.uk/ogrady) with additional coverage of topics treated in the text and organised to correspond to the chapters of the book.
New to this Edition:
This new edition has been fully revised and updated, and includes
•Greater coverage of syntax
•A strong generativist approach, brought up-to-date
•A completely new chapter on the developments in functional-cognitive grammar by John Taylor
•A new chapter covering pragmatics and discourse analysis by Jenny Thomas
•A significantly updated chapter on sociolinguistics
•A new chapter on language endangerment by Francis Katamba