A Concise Introduction to Linguistics

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9780205446155: A Concise Introduction to Linguistics

This reader-friendly and well-balanced overview of the field of introductory linguistics pays special attention to linguistic anthropology, revealing the main contributions of linguistics to the study of human communication and how issues of culture are relevant. Well-constructed exercises in every chapter allow students to practice concepts. This new addition to the study of linguistics covers all topics integral to an understanding of introductory linguistics and is written with the generalist reader in mind but also provides the linguistics, English, and anthropology major with the resources needed to succeed in subsequent courses. The problem-centered approach includes well-constructed exercises and study questions integrated within each chapter. These short sections (usually 3-7 pages) in each chapter help students to understand each subject before moving on to the next. Numerous cross-cultural examples relevant to the topics covered are included, with specific chapters devoted to anthropological topics providing emphasis on fieldwork and the fronting of phonology. No previous knowledge on the part of the reader is assumed and all concepts are explained in a systematic way aided by numerous pedagogical aids including Introductory Questions that give the reader a summary of the content of the chapter and provide questions to keep in mind as the student reads the chapter; chapter summaries that provide a concise overview of the contents of each chapter; key terms that are defined on the page where introduced; and an end-of-book glossary that provides a tool for readers to review all key terms together. Suggested readings and Internet resourses at the end of each chapter provide more sources for further reading.

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This student-friendly and well-balanced overview of the field of introductory linguistics pays special attention to linguistic anthropology, revealing the main contributions of linguistics to the study of human communication and how issues of culture are relevant.

Highlights of the First Edition:

  • Covers all topics integral to an understanding of introductory linguistics.
  • Takes a problem-centered approach and includes well-constructed exercises and study questions integrated within each chapter.
  • Includes numerous cross-cultural examples relevant to the topics covered, and devotes chapters to anthropological topics.
  • Emphasizes fieldwork and the fronting of phonology.
  • Explains concepts in a systematic way, aided by numerous pedagogical tools, including introductory questions that give the reader a summary of the content of the chapter and provide questions to keep in mind.
  • Features suggested readings and Internet resources at the end of each chapter, providing more sources for further reading, especially useful to a student required to write a research paper for the course.
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Bruce M. Rowe is a professor of anthropology at Los Angeles Pierce College, where he has taught since 1970. He designed the college’s first linguistics course for students majoring or minoring in linguistics, anthropology, education, English, and communications studies and for those fulfilling a general education requirement. Professor Rowe also teaches physical and cultural anthropology as well as sociology. In addition to A Concise Introduction to Linguistics, he has coauthored nine editions of Physical Anthropology, two editions of Physical Anthropology: The Core, and physical anthropology study guides and workbooks (all with Philip L. Stein). Professor Rowe has authored five editions of The College Survival Guide: Hints and References to Aid College Students. He has received numerous awards for teaching. He is a fellow of the American Anthropological Association and a member of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.

 

Diane P. Levine is an associate professor of anthropology at Los Angeles Pierce College, where she teaches linguistics and cultural anthropology. As a former teacher of English and ESL, she has written articles on the use of literature in the ESL classroom and presented seminars on critical thinking in the language arts classroom. She is a member of the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges.

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