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How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics / Edition 2

How Languages Work: An Introduction to Language and Linguistics / Edition 2

by Carol GenettiCarol Genetti


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A fully revised introduction to language in use, containing in-depth language profiles, case studies, and online multimedia resources.

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ISBN-13: 9781108454513
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/08/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 250,528
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.65(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Carol Genetti is a Professor of Linguistics and the Anne and Michael Towbes Graduate Dean at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a specialist in Himalayan languages and in the documentation and description of previously undescribed languages. Her Grammar of Dolakha Newar (2007) was awarded the inaugural Von der Gabelentz book award from the international Association for Linguistic Typology. She has published numerous articles, especially on the syntax of clause combining in Tibeto-Burman languages, but also on phonology, morphology, syntax, discourse, typology, grammaticalization, grammar writing, and historical linguistics. In addition, Professor Genetti has a strong interest in the documentation and conservation of endangered languages. She was founding Director of the Institute on Field Linguistics and Language Documentation (InField/CoLang) and Chair of the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: language, languages, and linguistics Carol Genetti; 2. Phonetics: physical dimensions of speech sounds Matthew Gordon; 3. Phonology: organization of speech sounds Matthew Gordon; 4. Morphology: what's in a word? Marianne Mithun; 5. Word classes: evidence from grammatical behavior Carol Genetti; 6. Syntax: words in combination Carol Genetti; 7. Semantics: how language makes sense Michael Israel; 8. Pragmatics: inference for language Mira Ariel; 9. Discourse: language beyond the sentence Wallace Chafe; 10. Prosody: the music of language Wallace Chafe; 11. Language and the social world Mary Bucholtz; 12. Language change: the dynamicity of linguistic systems Marianne Mithun; 13. Language contact and areal linguistics Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald; 14. First language acquisition Patricia Clancy; 15. Second language acquisition Dorothy Chun and Jan Frodesen; Language Profiles: 1. Kabardian Matthew Gordon and Ayla Applebaum; 2. Goemai Birgit Hellwig; 3. Manange Kristine Hildebrandt; 4. Finnish Ritva Laury; 5. Nuuchahnulth (Nootka) Toshihide Nakayama; 6. South Conchucos Quechua Daniel Hintz; 7. Tsez Bernard Comrie; 8. Bardi Claire Bowern; 9. Lowland Chontal Loretta O'Connor; 10. Manambu Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and Carol Genetti; 11. Indonesian Robert Englebretson; 12. Seneca Wallace Chafe; 13. Akkadian Guy Deutscher.

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