An Introduction to English Language

Author: Koenraad Kuiper,W. Scott Allan

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 1137496886

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 448

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Have you ever noticed something unusual about vocabulary or pronunciation and wanted to know more? Have you ever wondered how the building blocks of language fit together? Do you want to understand the different ways speakers of English communicate with each other? Back for its fourth edition, An Introduction to English Language is essential reading for students of English language and linguistics. Combining accessibility with depth, it is a textbook that assumes no prior knowledge and will serve as an ideal companion for anybody approaching this subject for the first time. This revised and updated fourth edition of An Introduction to English Language: • Is packed with fresh material, including a brand new chapter on pragmatics • Includes a range of in-text activities and exercises for practicing what you've learned as you go • Is accompanied by an interactive ebook which allows you to access media resources while you're on the move. The book's learning materials (including Powerpoint slides, downloadable sound files and video tutorials) are also freely available on the book's companion website:

An Introduction to English Language Teaching

Author: John Haycraft

Publisher: Longman Publishing Group


Category: Anglais (Langue) - Étude et enseignement - Allophones

Page: 146

View: 8381

This book is intended for those who have only limited training or experience in teaching English as as a foreign language and who want a general but practical introduction to the whole subject. Those who wish to do further reading on any aspect will find bibliographies giving details of more specialised books after each chapter. The book is based on material which has been used successfully on teacher training courses at International House in London. -- Back cover.

Working with Words

An Introduction to English Linguistics

Author: Miguel Fuster Márquez

Publisher: Universitat de València

ISBN: 8437085799

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 3029

Aquest volum intenta oferir als estudiants matriculats en el Grau d'Estudis Anglesos un manual de base que els introduïsca en l'estudi de les principals matèries. Un manual amb materials pràctics de treball i continguts que responen a les necessitats d'una contínua actualització de l'ensenyament de llengües estrangeres en una perspectiva empírica i teòrica, i que al mateix temps recull i integra els principals corrents científics dels estudis anglesos, tenint en compte les directrius introduïdes per l'Espai Europeu d'Educació Superior. La novetat d'aquest manual resideix a oferir a la xarxa i a la disposició de qualsevol usuari informació relacionada amb el contingut del llibre; textos, exercicis autocorrectius i activitats. Un espai que convida els usuaris a participar enviant les seves propostes per a publicar-les i poder-les compartir.

An introduction to English morphology

words and their structure

Author: Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 151

View: 1792

What exactly are words? Are they the things that get listed in dictionaries, or are they the basic units of sentence structure? Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy explores the implications of these different approaches to words in English. He explains the various ways in which words are related to one another, and shows how the history of the English language has affected word structure. Topics include: words, sentences and dictionaries; a word and its parts (roots and affixes); a word and its forms (inflection); a word and its relatives (derivation); compound words; word structure; productivity; and the historical sources of English word formation.

The Earliest English

An Introduction to Old English Language

Author: Chris Mccully,Sharon Hilles

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317876970

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 2484

The Earliest English provides a student-friendly introduction to Old English and the earliest periods of the history of the English Language as it evolved before 1215. Using non-technical language, the book covers basic terminology, the linguistic and cultural backgrounds to the emergence and development of OE, and the OE vocabulary that students studying this phase of the English language need to know. In eight carefully structured units, the authors show how the vocabulary of Old English contains many items familiar to us today; how its characteristic poetic form is based on a beautiful and intricate simplicity; how its patterns of word building and inflectional structure are paralleled in several present day languages and how and why the English language and its literature continued to change so that by the mid-12th century the English language looks more like the 'English' that we are familiar with in the 21st century. Features of the book include: the provision of accessible guides to some important 'problem topics' of classical OE stimulating cross-linguistic comparisons, e.g. the pronoun system of OE as compared with the pronoun system of present day Dutch cleverly laid out translation exercises, with structural help in the form of selective glossaries careful division into eight units, designed for both classroom use and self-study Written in a clear and accessible manner, The Earliest English provides a comprehensive introduction to the evolution of Old English language and literature, and will be an invaluable textbook for students of English Language and Linguistics.

An Introduction to English Grammar

Author: Gerald Nelson,Sidney Greenbaum

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317863968

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 296

View: 2146

An Introduction to English grammar provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of English grammar, and can be used in the classroom, for self-study, or as a reference book. The book is organised in two parts – on grammar and its applications – and provides everything a beginning student needs to get to grips with the theory and practice of English usage, including sections on style, punctuation and spelling. This third edition has been fully revised and updated to include an expanded section on English in Use, usage notes highlighting common errors, updated exercises, a glossary and a companion website with further graded exercises.

An Introduction to English Sentence Structure International Student Edition

Author: Andrew Radford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521157307


Page: 466

View: 2284

This outstanding resource for students offers a step-by-step, practical introduction to English syntax and syntactic principles, as developed by Chomsky over the past 15 years. Assuming little or no prior background in syntax, Andrew Radford outlines the core concepts and how they can be used to describe various aspects of English sentence structure. This is an abridged version of Radford's major new textbook Analysing English Sentences (also published by Cambridge University Press), and will be welcomed as a handy introduction to current syntactic theory.

Introduction to English Semantics and Pragmatics

Author: Patrick Griffiths

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748626883

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

View: 5631

An introduction to the linguistic study of meaning, this book outlines the meaning potential (semantics) of English and how language knowledge is put to use (pragmatics). As well as gaining a systematic overview of meaning in English, readers can learn how to argue for analyses. Among the significant concepts introduced are denotation, sense relations, event types, explicature, implicature, presupposition, metaphor, reference, speech acts and (at an elementary level) Generalised Quantifier Theory. Sense relations--such as antonymy and hyponymy--are presented as summarising patterns of entailment. The sense of a word is seen as the contributions it makes to the entailments carried by sentences.

An Introduction to English Syntax

Author: Jim Miller,James Edward Miller

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748612536

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

View: 580

In An Introduction to English Syntax, Jim Miller discusses the central concepts of syntax which are applied in a wide range of university courses, in business, in teaching and in speech therapy. The book deals with traditional concepts which have been greatly refined and extended over the past thirty years: what nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs are and how they can be recognised; what a subordinate clause is and how different types of subordinate clause can be recognised; what subjects and objects are. The book draws out the connections between syntax and meaning; in particular, two chapters focus on topics such as tense, mood and voice which are central to the use of language and are of major importance in second language learning. They are also areas where meaning and grammar interconnect very closely. There is a final chapter on how sentences are combined in the creation of texts and on the role of various syntactic constructions in texts.* Coverage of central themes with a wide application outside the study of syntax* Explains basic concepts, supported by a glossary of technical terms* Exercises and sources for further reading provided

An Introduction to English Grammar

Author: Sidney Greenbaum,Gerald Nelson

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780582437418

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 309

View: 9680

English Language and its usage have become extremely emotive issues in recent years. Recurring discussions in the media have highlighted a growing demand for a return to the study of language after decades of neglect. "An Introduction to English Grammar "is one of several successful grammars on the linguistics list with the first edition selling extremely well. The book is an introductory descriptive survey, intended for students, teachers and general readers which offers coverage of grammatical topics with sections on spelling, punctuation and exercises. Clear and concise, this much needed second edition will be of immense value to students who have little or no experience of studying English grammar.

An Introduction to English Phonology

Author: April M. S. McMahon

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748612512

Category: Bibles

Page: 148

View: 7243

An Introduction to English Phonology introduces undergraduates to the basic tools and concepts necessary for the outline description of English phonological systems and processes. By working through the book and the various exercises included, students should come to understand the need for a dedicated system of description and transcription for speech sounds, and for a degree of phonological abstraction. They should learn to carry out elementary, broad phonetic transcription, and be able to establish contrastive vowel and consonant systems for their own varieties and to express simple generalisations reflecting the productive and predictable patterns of English sounds.* designed for a one-term or one-semester introductory course in English Language* suitable for both native and non-native speakers of English* emphasis on varieties of modern English around the world* an essentially theory-neutral approach, with the concepts central to the practice of phonology clearly explained

An Introduction to English Morphology. A Textbook for Advanced University Students of Linguistics

Author: Ali Alhaj

Publisher: Anchor Academic Publishing

ISBN: 3954898950

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 88

View: 9633

The experience of having taught English language and morphology – syntax in particular – for more than seven years convinced the author that students of linguistics and translation mostly need a solid grounding in the course of morphology and syntax. Once they have a basic understanding of these two important areas, they have little trouble mastering English language as a whole. Hence, both morphology and syntax are important parts of linguistic knowledge and constitute a component of student's mental grammar. Of Course, the more courses are required of students within their discipline, the more they can benefit from the fields inside their major. Such factors often help students develop a positive attitude towards linguistics to be sensitized to the morphological and syntactic system of the language while being exposed to both morphology and syntax, and especially in an unfamiliar area. Obviously, an introductory book such as this has several limitations. First, there are entire subbranches of morphology and syntax that are not included. In terms of content, this book delimits both its scope and audience by shedding new light on a subject the problems and obscurities of which look inexhaustible. Therefore, a book of this kind is an attempt to, on the one hand, to make morphology and syntax – which usually appear to be incredible complicated at first glance – easier and, on the other hand, keep the standard high so that even postgraduate students can benefit from it; because the author strongly believes that students learn best by “doing” exercises, and, to this end,he has added dozens of practice exercises. In general, these require more research or analysis beyond what can be accomplished within a single classroom period. These exploratory exercises can also form the basis for short papers. Therefore, the book can be of immense help not only to students of linguistics and translation, but also to professors of linguistics and translation and research supervisors as well as advisors around the globe and in the Arab world in particular.

Language in Society

An Introduction to Sociolinguistics

Author: Suzanne Romaine

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198731922

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 268

View: 9914

Language in Society provides a clear, lively, and accessible introduction to the field of sociolinguistics, emphasizing the constant interaction between society and language. The text discusses both traditional and recent issues such as language and social class, language and gender, language and education, pidgins and creoles, and language change, and it shows how our linguistic choices are motivated by social factors and how certain ways of speaking come to be vested with symbolic value. Examples draw on studies of cultures and languages all over the world, including Romaine's own extensive fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Hawai'i, and the UK.

An Introduction to English Phonetics

Author: Richard Ogden

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748625410

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 194

View: 584

An introduction to the study of phonetics, with examples from varieties of English.

An Introduction to Old English

Author: Richard Hogg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195219487

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 163

View: 5012

This accessible overview covers all the basic linguistic elements of Old English, including nouns, adjectives, verbs, syntax, word order, and vocabulary. Offering a unique study of Old English in context, it combines a wide variety of short texts with an up-to-date assessment of the forms of language that remain as the foundation of English today. Comparisons are drawn between Old and present-day English and also with other related languages such as Dutch, German, and French. Old English poetry and dialect variation are also discussed.

An Introduction to the Old English Language and Its Literature

Author: Stephen Pollington

Publisher: N.A


Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 59

View: 2454

The purpose of this general introduction to Old English is not to deal with the teaching of Old English but to dispel some misconceptions about the language and to give an outline of its structure and its literature. Old English tends to be associated with universities and it is, perhaps, because of this that it is commonly believed to be a particularly difficult language to learn. In fact Old English is a less complex and more modern language than Latin. It is also a beautiful language to speak, and hear spoken, and will reward those who take the trouble to learn it. Many of the Old English manuscripts that have survived the ravages of time give a fascinating insight into English society during what is often, mistakenly, called the Dark Ages. The subject matter of the manuscripts, which vary widely (e.g. laws, riddles), are also important in what they reveal about the origins of English institutions and attitudes.

An Introduction to English Sociolinguistics

Author: Graeme Trousdale

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748623256

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 152

View: 2430

This textbook, aimed primarily at beginning undergraduates studying for degrees in English, provides an introduction to a range of sociolinguistic theories and the insights they provide for a greater understanding of varieties of English, past and present. Drawing on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociolinguistic variation, the book provides a systematic overview of such topics as: * 'English' as a social and as a linguistic concept* The relationship between regional and social dialectology, and their application to the study of English* English historical sociolinguistics, from Old English to late Modern English* Sociolinguistics and change in English* Outcomes of contact involving varieties of English* English and language planning* English, sociolinguistics and linguistic theory.The book contains data drawn from studies of English as it is used around the world. Throughout, there is an emphasis on facilitating a deeper understanding of linguistic variation in English and the soc