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The Study of Language Paperback – 28 Nov 2005

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  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 3 edition (28 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521543207
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521543200
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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'Very clear and easy to read for beginners; user-friendly and non-threatening to those nervous of linguistics; chapters in absorbable bite-size chunks.' Jean Aitchison, Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication, University of Oxford

'Perfect for the beginners' level introductory linguistics course, both in style and content. The exercises and discussion are excellent. One of the highlights of the book is the clear links between chapters.' Hugh Buckingham, Professor of Linguistics, Louisiana State University

'An impressive breadth of coverage ... clear presentation, lucid style and accessibility ... a solid foundation for further study in linguistics as well as being a pleasure to read in its own right.' Alan Smith, Web Journal of Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Unrivalled in its popularity, The Study of Language is quite simply the best introduction to the field available today. Covering all of the essential topics, this third edition has been extensively revised to include fresh study questions, a comprehensive glossary, and new sections on important contemporary issues in language study.

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With a whole new chapter on pragmatics Yule addresses all the key issues necessary for all English Undergrads. As a first year myself, I found the text extremely easy to follow, simple to understand and a good starting point. It is a necessity to read this if you are studying English and it is well worth buying. Other great books include Aitchinson, Linguistics and Montgomery, Ways of reading.
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This book is an amazing read for those wanting to learn about linguistics. It has clear examples and explanations, it covers every topic, from the theories about the origin of the language, phonetics or phonology, on to pragmatics, discourse and the like.

Obviously, it is not a thorough linguistics manual, it is for beginners, so to speak. But there's no better starting point than this. Every concept is introduced with really helpful examples, so it's easy to grasp everything. As an analogy, this is like a "popular science" book: it does not use special vocabulary without introducing it first, it assumes little prior knowledge fromt he reader, etc.

The choice of colour and font is superb as well. It always helps reading the book.
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I just couldn't put it down until I finished reading this book. This book deals with wide-ranging, complicated issues on linguistics in the plainest English. Well done. It has inspired me, who know little about linguistics, to look further into specific topics that interest me most. If you feel like knowing what's the language all about but don't know where to start, this book is definitely your best choice.
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i am un undergradtuate at york st john university studying linguistics. i was introduced to this book by a friend and once i started to read it i couldn't put it down. it has brief yet informative chapters on all aspects covered in the field of linguistics and the engish language. it explain difficult topics like semantics and pragmatics in an easy to understand manner without sounding patronising. this book is well worth every penny!
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The book covers a wide range of topics and they key points are backed up with plenty of examples, but it sometimes left me feeling as though important bits might have been missed out. The review tasks and study exercises are a nice touch, but I found the writing to be a little dry at times and something of a chore to read. This might be good for total beginners, but I think there are better introductory linguistics texts out there.
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