An Introduction to Language offers an engaging guide tothe nature of language, focusing on how language works - itssounds, words, structures, and phrases - all investigatedthrough wide-ranging examples from Old English to contemporary popculture.
- Explores the idea of a scientific approach to language, inviting students to consider what qualities of language compriseeveryday skills for us, be they sounds, words, phrases, orconversation
- Helps shape our understanding of what language is, howit works, and why it is both elegantly complex and essentialto who we are
- Includes exercises within each chapter to help readers explorekey concepts and directly observe the patterns that are part of allhuman language
- Examines linguistic variation and change to illustrate socialnuances and language-in-use, drawing primarily on examples fromEnglish
- Avoids linguistic jargon, focusing instead on a broader andmore general approach to the study of language, and making it idealfor those coming to the subject for the first time
- Supported by additional web resources - available uponpublication at www.wiley.com/go/hazen/introlanguage- including student study aids and testbank and notes forinstructors