Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
By (author) P. H. Matthews
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Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction by P. H. Matthews
Book DescriptionLinguistics 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780192801487
(178mm x 113mm x 9mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author P. H. Matthews
Positions of Adjectives in English, Hardback (December 2014)
This book is a study of the uses of adjectives in different constructions, and of the problems that arise in their analysis, both in terms of syntactic theory and philosophy of grammar. It draws and builds on previous analyses and offers solutions to a range of issues relating to the position of adjectives in English.
Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics, Paperback (March 2014)
This authoritative dictionary provides coverage across the field of linguistics, both the theoretical and the practical. In over 3,250 entries it clearly defines terms relating to phonetics, grammar, semantics, languages (spoken and written), dialects, and sociolinguistics.
Syntactic Relations, Paperback (January 2007)» View all books by P. H. Matthews
A critique of two fundamental assumptions: do phrases really form hierarchical 'trees' and have 'heads'?
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Author Biography - P. H. Matthews
Peter Matthews is Professor of Linguistics at Cambridge University and a Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge. His many publications in the field of Linguistics include several academic books, particularly in the area of morphology, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics (1997).
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