Since its inception, Language Files has become one of the most widely adopted, consulted, and authoritative introductory textbooks to linguistics ever written. The scope of the text makes it suitable for use in a wide range of courses, while its unique organization into student-friendly, self-contained sections allows for tremendous flexibility in course design. The eleventh edition has been revised, clarified, and updated in many places. This edition includes an all-new syntax chapter, new files on language and culture and on writing systems, restructured semantics files, and many new examples, exercises, and activities. Additional readings have been added to all chapters, and the number of cross-references among chapters has been increased. In addition, the accompanying Language Files webpage has links to online resources and websites related to language and linguistics that instructors and students may find interesting.
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This unique collection features: -- In-depth material on the core areas of introductory linguistics. -- An innovative format that allows instructors to determine easily the order of topics to be covered. -- Practice exercises and problems, with explanatory answers provided for a selected number. -- An instructor's manual that includes information about the use of the files, answers to problems, and suggested answers to selected discussion questions. The 8th edition has been completely redesigned for ease of use and includes new material on computers and language, new exercises, improved presentation of many files, and updates throughout. This edition reflects years of experience of linguistics teachers around the country.
Language Files: Materials for an Introduction to Language and Linguistics has become one of the most widely adopted, consulted, and authoritative introductory textbooks to linguistics ever written. The scope of the text makes it suitable for use in a wide range of courses, while its unique organization into student-friendly, self-contained sections allows for tremendous flexibility in course design. The twelfth edition has been significantly revised, clarified, and updated throughout--with particular attention to the chapters on phonetics, phonology, pragmatics, and especially psycholinguistics. The restructured chapter on psycholinguistics makes use of recent research on language in the brain and includes expanded coverage of language processing disorders, introducing students to current models of speech perception and production and cutting-edge research techniques. In addition, exercises have been updated, and icons have been added to the text margins throughout the book, pointing instructors and students to useful and engaging audio files, videos, and other online resources on the accompanying Language Files website, which has also been significantly expanded.
While continuing to keep each chapter independent to allow maximum flexibility for teaching and learning, the ninth edition of Language Files has improved the organization within each chapter by adding an introduction file at the beginning. The introduction file provides an overview of the subfield of linguistics to be studied, as well as the specific topics to be discussed.
In this edition we have revised and updated some of the already existing files and added some new materials and some new problem sets from various languages. In particular, you will find revisions in the following units: Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Psycholinguistics, Language Contact, Language Variation, and Writing Systems.
New 4th Edition completely revised and updated with new DVD now available; ISBN 1-56368-283-4