An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence

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9780230208018: An Introduction to English Language: Word, Sound and Sentence

How does the English language work? If you are interested in discovering the answer to this question, then An Introduction to English Language is the ideal place to start. Written in a clear, lively, and easy-to-follow style, this introductory textbook is based around three core topics of linguistic study:

WORD: English words, how they fit into sentences, their internal structure, their meaning and how they make up vocabularies for various purposes.
SOUND: the sound systems of English, its phonetics and phonology, and English intonation and stress patterns.
SENTENCE: English sentence structure and introductory English grammar.

Packed with classroom tested examples and graded exercises, the third edition of this popular book features:

  • a multimedia companion website , containing Powerpoint slides, mini-lectures, quizzes and downloadable audio files to aid study
  • new material on language variation and change, including more examples of regional dialects, and extra material on New Englishes
  • a new introduction to linguistics as a subject, familiarizing students with key issues and topics.

Carefully designed as a course-book for either group or individual study, An Introduction to English Language remains an essential text for students and teachers of English language and introductory linguistics.

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About the Author:

KOENRAAD KUIPER is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

The late W. SCOTT ALLAN was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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"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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