Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

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. Beginning at the 'arts' end of the subject with the common origins of languages, and finishing at the 'science' end with the newest discoveries regarding language in the brain, this stimulating guide covers all the major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.
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Title:Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780192801487
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  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions #93), P.H. MatthewsLinguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and th...

  • Nhu Khue

    It makes my curiosity great again....

  • Troy Parfitt

    What’s wrong with linguistics? Linguists. They’re involved in a huge and fascinating field, but bogged down in areas that are mind numbingly dull and don’t seem to tell us much of anything. For ...

  • Richard

    I was constantly asking myself throughout this book "what is he getting at?" or "what is the point of this chapter" "or what is the point of these examples." It was a very sporadic and poorly organize...

  • Chris

    As the title says, this is indeed a very short introduction. Linguistics is a science that is well over a century old, and there's been reams and reams of paper devoted to it. Most, however, is incred...

  • Jennifer

    Another one that I wish I'd read before starting my degree. Nice concise introduction to all areas of the study of language, highly recommended for those considering going into this area or just want ...

  • Abdelmjid Seghir

    A very frustrating read. The book fails to encompass the subject the way an introductory book should. Oh, and the author overuses commas like the world is going to run out of them!...

  • Neeraj Adhikari

    A great quick introduction to linguistics if you know next to nothing about the subject. Matthews does a good job of explaining advanced concepts and deep insights in a simplified manner, accessible t...

  • Muhamed

    I enjoyed the last chapter but the book as a whole wasn't what I expected. I was expecting an overview and history of linguistics....

  • Rob

    This series from OUP is a great idea: renowned figures from different fields of learning write a short introductory work (100-150 pp) which serves to pique interest, provide an overview, refresh memor...