Language and symbolic systems

by Yuen Ren Chao

This is an introduction to the study of language for the non-specialist or beginner in linguistics. Professor Chao covers the whole field of language and of modern developments in linguistics, with particular emphasis on those aspects which are likely to be most interesting to the layman. Professor Chao emphasises the relationship between language and other aspects of human culture and discusses systems of writing, minority languages and problems of translation in this context. An important part of the book reviews symbolic systems in language, writing and modern communication technology, with applications such as automatic speech, machine translation and related topics. Professor Chao laid the foundations of modern linguistics in China and has been associated with a number of important linguistic projects both in China and in the USA where he has taught for many years. In this book he approaches his subject with clarity, warmth and humour.

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  • 1. Language and the study of language
  • 2. Phonetics
  • 3. Phonemics
  • 4. Vocabulary and grammar
  • 5. Meaning
  • 6. Change in language
  • 7. Languages of the world
  • 8. Writing
  • 9. Language and life
  • 10. Languages in contact
  • 11. Language technology
  • 12. Symbolic systems
  • Suggested further readings
  • Index.

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書名 Language and symbolic systems
著作者等 趙 元任
Chao Yuen Ren
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1968
ページ数 xv, 240 p.
大きさ 21 cm
ISBN 0521094577
NCID BA01441107
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス