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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: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 381,976 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Allie the bookworm on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bex on 17 July 2013
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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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By Ariadna Audenis on 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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