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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

P. H. Matthews

24 April 2003

ISBN: 9780192801487

144 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Beginning at the 'arts' end of the subject with the common origins of languages, and finishing at the 'science' end with the newest discoveries regarding language in the brain, this stimulating guide covers all the major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.

  • 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

About the Author(s)

P. H. Matthews, Professor of Linguistics, Cambridge University; Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge

Table of Contents

    1:The Study of Language
    2:'Homo loquens'
    3:Language in Time and Space
    4:Language Families
    5:In Praise of Diversity
    6:What is a Language?
    7:How Much is Systematic?
    9:Language and the Brain
    Further Reading