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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

An Introduction to English Language

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137496874
Publication Date November 2016
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Have you ever noticed something unusual about vocabulary or pronunciation and wanted to know more? Have you ever wondered how the building blocks of language fit together? Do you want to understand the different ways speakers of English communicate with each other?

Back for its fourth edition, An Introduction to English Language is essential reading for students of English language and linguistics. Combining accessibility with depth, it is a textbook that assumes no prior knowledge and will serve as an ideal companion for anybody approaching this subject for the first time.

This revised and updated fourth edition of An Introduction to English Language:
• Is packed with fresh material, including a brand new chapter on pragmatics
• Includes a range of in-text activities and exercises for practicing what you've learned as you go
• Is accompanied by an interactive ebook which allows you to access media resources while you're on the move. The book's learning materials (including Powerpoint slides, downloadable sound files and video tutorials) are also freely available on the book's companion website:

Koenraad Kuiper holds a PhD from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a DSc from the University of Canterbury. He is the author of nine books and editor of seven. He is author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. He has taught first year English language courses for four decades and is the recipient of the University of Canterbury's teaching medal. He has held two Fulbright Fellowships and a Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Science.

Born and brought up in Scotland, W. Scott Allan attained his MA and PhD in English language and linguistics at Edinburgh University, where he subsequently taught briefly before moving to New Zealand in 1985. He published in a wide range of journals and was on the executive editorial board for The Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (R.E. Asher, Pergamon Press, 1994). Scott lectured in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the Auckland University until his death in 2004.

1. Introduction: What is a language?
PART I: WORDS 2. The form and function of words
3. Word meanings and vocabularies
PART II: SOUNDS 4. Speech sounds
5. The phonology of English
6. Syllables and suprasegmentals
PART III: SENTENCES 7. The structure of simple sentences
8. Complete syntax
9. Pragmatics.


Praise for previous editions:
'A book I would recommend to Departments of English world-wide. Kuiper and Allan's book...deals with the bare bones of English structure - its sound system, its lexicon and its syntactic structure. The book...focuses practically and squarely on the language at hand, and it eschews the obfuscation of current linguistic squabbles and the arcanity of some of those representations. That said, however, it does no disservice whatsoever to the sophistication and findings of modern linguistic science.' - Professor Dennis Preston, Michigan State University, USA
'Students will appreciate the detailed but clear discussion of introductory material on the structure of English and will also find the extensive, carefully graded exercises exceptionally helpful.' - David Deterding, University of Brunei, Darrussalam
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