P.H. Matthews

Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects. A series of short thematic chapters look in turn at such areas as the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space (the nature of change inherent in language), grammars and dictionaries (how systematic is language?), and phonetics. Explication of the newest discoveries pertaining to language in the brain completes the coverage of all major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • 1. The Study of Language
  • 2. 'Homo loquens'
  • 3. Language in Time and Space
  • 4. Language Families
  • 5. In Praise of Diversity
  • 6. What is a Language?
  • 7. How Much is Systematic?
  • 8. Sounds
  • 9. Language and the Brain

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書名 Linguistics
著作者等 Matthews, P. H.
Matthews P.H.
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 2003
ページ数 134 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 0192801481
NCID BA62191309
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス