Introduction to Language, An 9/e Paperback (640 pp) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2010/1/1
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Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, AN INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE, Ninth Edition, is appropriate for a variety of fields--including education, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)--at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. This completely updated edition retains the clear descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that have made the text a perennial best-seller, while adding new information and exercises that render each topic fresh, engaging, and current.
The book is divided into logical and digestible chapters to give the student a concrete, general overview of what language is and the various theories pertinent to the study of it. The included exercises were relevant and helpful, encouraging the student to apply and practice what was covered and encouraging thoughtful discussion in the classroom. I also enjoyed the various drawings and humorous references in the book, that made the content enjoyable and easy to digest (who says learning has to be boring?). I still refer back to this book every so often simply because it is full of fascinating theories and concepts - highly recommended.
Aesthetics: It's a softcover book so it will get wrinkled at some point. There are cartoons in the chapters that break up the text and illustrate some go points.
Info: The information is in an easy to comprehend format that is organized well. As you move on past morphology into syntax, the the info becomes more technical and complex. I suggest taking notes as you go so you can process the info better. The info is presented in a way that is as clear cut as they can get. My one gripe is that they constantly reference later chapters for info they bring up earlier.
Overall: If you need to get this for a linguistics course or as a supplement, it's a good deal. If you are just dabbling, beware that the book gets technical and slightly confusing at chapter 3 or 4.