The Study of Language

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Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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Contents

The origins of language
1
Animals and human language
8
The development of writing
20
The sounds of language
29
The sound patterns of language
43
Words and wordformation processes
52
Morphology
62
Phrases and sentences grammar
73
First language acquisition
149
Second language acquisitionlearning
162
Gestures and sign languages
172
Language history and change
182
Language and regional variation
194
Language and social variation
205
Language and culture
216
Suggested answers to study questions
228

Syntax
86
Semantics
100
Pragmatics
112
Discourse analysis
124
Language and the brain
137
Glossary
236
References
253
Index
265
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About the author (2006)

George Yule has taught Linguistics at the Universities of Edinburgh, Hawai'i, Louisiana State and Minnesota. He is the author of Pragmatics (1996) and Explaining English Grammar (1998).

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