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Studying the English Language [Paperback]

Dr. Rob Penhallurick
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9 July 2010 023020015X 978-0230200159 2
How did English become a global language? What exactly is Standard English? What do slips of the tongue reveal about language?

Studying the English Language answers these questions and many more. Organised into eighteen thematic chapters, each of which can be read at one sitting, this is a clear and lively introduction to the diversity and history of English, and to relevant contemporary and classic work in linguistics. Thoroughly updated and revised, this second edition contains three new chapters, on the story of American English, the spread of English across the world and the work of Noam Chomsky. Wide ranging and easy to use, other topics include the effects of dialect and accent on identity, swearing and offensive names in English, language and gender, language planning and theories about the origin of language.

Full of entertaining examples, illustrations and useful guides to further reading, this is the ideal companion for all those new to the study of the English language, and essential reading for anyone with a general interest in the subject.

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2 edition (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023020015X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230200159
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the second edition:

'Very clear, and well done. Rob Penhallurick's discussion of work I am familiar with seemed to me very accurate, a lucid introduction to leading ideas in these areas of the study of language' - Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

'This is a multi-audience and multi-purpose book that can be advertised for its various features and strengths. It's longer not because it is saying more and more about the same things but because it now engages with the full field of studying English language and linguistics, and makes sense of a great deal of complex theorising as well as history and everyday examples'– Martin Coyle, Cardiff University, UK 

'A comprehensive overview of the subject, peppered with entertaining anecdotes that make Penhallurick's academic points beautifully clear and the book as a whole very easy to read. Covering virtually all aspects of the study of the
English language, from the history of English to language policy and planning, what I particularly like about the book is how rooted it is in the history of linguistics. Student readers, therefore, will gain not just a thorough grounding in methods and issues in the study of the English language, but a clear sense of how the subject has developed over the years and why it is important to
study it. I recommend the book wholeheartedly for anyone wanting a comprehensive introductory text for an undergraduate course in English Language' -Dan McIntyre in Language and Literature 20(4), 2011

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This is a clear and lively introduction to the English language and its use, organised into thematic chapters, each of which can be read at one sitting

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget about Dan Brown! 11 Sep 2010
I've got the book on my lap as I'm typing this. It's actually been on my lap quite a lot, recently, fighting for my attention against lighter, more entertaining-looking books such as my cherished guides to LOST (yes, the series). So why are my cherished Lost books in an orderly row by the bed, and this one open on my lap?

Ok. You can read all the more predictable (though 100% deserved!) praise in the blurb - about it being 'essential reading' with chapters that can be 'read at one sitting' and have been 'thoroughly updated and revised'. But that's not what you want from a reader's review, right? So I'll be crystal clear. If you're looking for something to send you to sleep, this is not for you. If you're looking for convoluted bla di bla that forces you to read the same sentence 10 times over, and then give up - uh-uh, wrong place. This is a gripping read. Forget about Dan Brown. This is brimming with life, humorous, honest, personal - and very well written (trust me on this, I'm not easily pleased). Besides, what other textbook gives you swearwords without asterisks? Wait, don't buy it yet, I haven't finished! Find me another textbook that doesn't pussyfoot about Chomsky just because he's Chomsky, and tells you straight that it appears he wants 'a theory that describes language as it is if we don't have to bother talking'. Well, that's it, really! Brilliant!

This truly is one of those rare, eureka finds that are as informative and splendidly clear as they are enjoyable, and that you'll never want to resell on Amazon, like so many of your coursebooks! A book for life... I can think of worse ways to spend those £15.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Revision Aid 17 July 2013
By Bex
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Having studied a course in English Language this year at university I had to admit I was lost. Sitting in lectures just trying to put it all together going along was baffling and frustrating. Got recommended this text to try and bring clarity and it has to be said it was fantastic. Everything is broken down into easy digestible pieces with dynamic examples that really help clarify meaning. It is accessible and written simplistically to demystify topics that seemed initially horrifying!

The Life saver of Linguistic theory!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 11 Feb 2014
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Everything was perfect!
I'm from Spain and my order was punctual, clean, in good condition...and it's an interesting book! I recommend it strongly!
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