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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Beginning Linguistics

ISBN 9780230231696
Publication Date June 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

This introduction to linguistics for the absolute beginner focuses on the core topics of phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. Theoretically-neutral, each essential topic is covered in depth and the author's engaging style encourages interaction from students by using regular short questions to check comprehension.

LAURIE BAUER Professor in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. His publications include Introducing Linguistic Morphology (second edition, 2003) Introduction to International Varieties of English, (2002) Language Matters (with Janet Holmes and Paul Warren, Palgrave 2006) and The Linguistic Student's Handbook (2007).

Symbols and Abbreviations
The Chart of the International Phonetic Association
Appendix A: Glossary
Appendix B: Languages Mentioned
Appendix C: Answers to Questions
Appendix D: Questions for Discussion and Assignments


Praise for previous editions: 'This is an accessible, contemporary text for Linguistics and English Language students. It contains examples from a wide range of languages, with ample, engaging exercises to reinforce the major topics and a wealth of suggested readings to take students beyond the basics.' – Kristine Hildebrandt, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, Southern Illinois University, USA
'This engaging and accessible textbook gives a solid introduction to linguistics by drawing on data from a wide range of languages. It teaches linguistics at the same time as it teaches how to do linguistics and it will be extremely useful for my classes.' – Gisela Håkansson, Professor of Linguistics, Lund University, Sweden
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