Linguistics for Dummies
ISBN: 1118091698
EAN13: 9781118091692
Language: English
Publication Date: Feb 10, 2012
Pages: 384
Dimensions: 0.94" H x 9.21" L x 7.48" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Learn to:

  • The components of any language
  • Language's social dimensions
  • What language reveals about the human brain
  • How writing changes a language

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
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