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Linguistics For Dummies [Paperback]

Rose-Marie Dechaine PhD , Strang Burton PhD , Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson PhD
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25 Jan 2013 For Dummies
The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human language Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college–level introductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence, knowledge, and know–how to score your highest. Understand the science behind human language Grasp how language is constructed Score your highest in college–level linguistics If you′re enrolled in an introductory linguistics course or simply have a love of human language, Linguistics For Dummies is your one–stop resource for unlocking the science of the spoken word.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (25 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118091698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118091692
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 18.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Understand the science behind human language Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Whether you′re currently enrolled in a course or just want to explore the subject, Linguistics For Dummies helps you understand some of the primary streams of linguistics: what language is for (communication), how language works (pattern formation), what language reveals about the mind (cognition), and how written language shapes society (technology). Get to know the basics — determine the traits that all languages share and get to know the design features which ensure that language can convey meaning Discover the building blocks of language — investigate how individual speech sounds combine to form words, which form sentences, and how those are strung together to make conversation Explore the evolution of language — consider how new languages are born, chart how language changes over time, and examine how languages are lost Study the relationship between the human brain and language — find out how children and adults learn language and how language activates your brain Delve into the written word — see how different writing systems develop, how writing a language down changes it, and how it changes you! Open the book and find: The architecture of words How linguistics categorizes into grammatical categories What makes a conversation tick The social variables that affect language How linguistic archeology connects Sanskrit and English Why dying languages matter and how they can be saved What brain damage does to language How electronic writing streamlines language Learn: The components of any language Language′s social dimensions What language reveals about the human brain How writing changes a language

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Strang Burton is a linguist with the Stolo nation and has taught linguistics at a number of universities. Rose–Marie Dechaine and Eric Vatikiotis–Bateson are professors of linguistics at the University of British Columbia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, practical introduction 29 July 2013
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Great for anyone wanting a base for linguistics.....I wish I had bought this earlier! I would recommend this for anyone prior to studying module U214 with the OU.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes it all more understandable 11 May 2013
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Bought for my daughter studying Speech Therapy at Uni. She was struggling with some of the concepts but ths has made things more understandable
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2.0 out of 5 stars Linguistics for Dummies 25 April 2013
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Am doing a course comprising linguistics but this didn't seem to mention the concepts I needed after all but am sure it will come in useful somewhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fabulous - & easy to use 1 April 2013
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bought for my daughter who was struggling at uni ... the following term she got 10/10 as a result, so for me it's worth its weight in gold!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Linguistics 23 Feb 2014
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This book is a good review and assisted me in passing a PRAXIS test. As a result, it was a good investment for me. It would be valuable as a quick summary for a person taking a college level Linguistics class.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Linguistics 9 May 2013
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It turned out to be a pretty good book. It was very informative and well written. Useful in class as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About what you would expect 30 July 2013
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Like the rest of the Dummies series, this is a good introduction to the material. I can't write a glowing review because it in no way exceeded my expectations. Like I wrote in the title of this review, if you buy this you will get exactly what you expect to get.
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