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5.0 out of 5 stars The broadest overview I've found, 9 May 2013
This review is from: The Study of Language (Paperback)
This book is unusual in its breadth and would serve as the most complete introduction to language study in terms of ground covered. If you are studying any specific area of language you'll probably be frustrated by the lack of depth, but I highly recommend this book on the grounds of clarity and wide-angle view. I cannot name another book which covers topics as varied as primate language ability, syntax, pragmatics, semantics, grammar, morphology, phonetics, neuroscience (in relation to language) and lots more - I'm only scratching the surface - all inside a single book. If you are setting out on a mission to get to grips with every aspect of language, well, just look at the contents! The only problem is that to take each topic covered any further you would need to buy another book specifically on that topic, which would entail buying at least a dozen books.
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