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Published: 24 April 2003

144 Pages | 17 halftones


ISBN: 9780192801487

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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

P. H. Matthews

Very Short Introductions

  • Provides a broad overview of the field, and guides the reader through specific examples
  • Conveys complex linguistic topics in a clear, unbiased, down-to-earth way
  • Takes an original approach to the presentation of linguistics, starting with the oldest 'arts' branch of the subject and moving chronologically through to the newer 'science' aspects of research
  • Uses short thematic chapters to break the subject down into its various fields, such as comparing languages, language and evolution, language in time and space, etc.
  • Written by one of the most distinguished linguists in the world today