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Anne Curzan is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she also holds an appointment in the Department of Linguistics and School of Education. In 2007, she received an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. She is the author of Gender Shifts in the History of English (Cambridge UP, 2003) and co-author of First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching (U of Michigan P, 2006). She currently serves as co-editor of the Journal of English Linguistics. Michael Adams teaches English language and literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. For fifteen years, he taught at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he also served as chair of the Department of English and associate academic dean; he has been a visiting professor at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Iceland. He is the author of Slayer Slang: ABuffy the Vampire Slayer Lexicon (Oxford UP, 2003) and Slang: The People's Poetry (Oxford UP, 2009), as well as contributing editor to Word Histories and Mysteries: Abracadabra to Zeus (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). He was editor of Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America for several years; currently, he is editor of the quarterly journal American Speech.



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A major introductory language/linguistics textbook written specifically for English and Education majors, this book is an engaging introduction to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics. This accessible text provides more extensive coverage of issues of particular interest to English and Education majors. Tapping into our natural curiosity about language, it invites all students to connect academic linguistics to everyday use of the English language and to become active participants in the construction of linguistic knowledge. The second edition provides updated examples of language change-including new slang and other word coinages, grammatical developments, and sound changes-as well as new research findings on American dialects, language acquisition, language evolution, eggcorns, English and the Internet, and much more.



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Brief Contents Inside Front Cover Dialect Map of American English, Consonant Phonemes of American English, Vowel Phonemes of American English Inside Back Cover Brief Timeline for the History of the English Language Detailed Contents List of Symbols, Linguistic Conventions, and Common Abbreviations What's New to This Edition Preface to Instructors Letter to Students Chapter 1 A Language like English Chapter 2 Language and Authority Chapter 3 English Phonology Chapter 4 English Morphology Chapter 5 English Syntax: The Grammar of Words Chapter 6 English Syntax: Phrases, Clauses, and Sentences Chapter 7 Semantics Chapter 8 Spoken Discourse Chapter 9 Stylistics Chapter 10 Language Acquisition Chapter 11 Language Variation Chapter 12 American Dialects Chapter 13 History of English: Old to Early Modern English Chapter 14 History of English: Modern and Future English Glossary Bibliography Credits Index Detailed Table of Contents Inside Front Cover Consonant Phonemes of English, Vowel Phonemes of English, Phonetic Alphabet for American English Inside Back Cover Brief Timeline for the History of the English Language List of Symbols, Linguistic Conventions, and Common Abbreviations xviii What's New to This Edition Preface to Instructors Letter to Students Chapter 1 A Language Like English The Story of Aks Language, Language Everywhere The Power of Language Name Calling Judging by Ear A Question to Discuss: What Makes Us Hear an Accent? The System of Language Arbitrariness and Systematicity A Scholar to Know: Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913) Creativity Grammar Linguistics Human Language versus Animal Communication Birds and Bees Chimps and Bonobos Distinctive Characteristics of Human Language The Process of Language Change Language Genealogies A Question to Discuss: Can Your Language Peeves Be Rethought? Mechanics of Language Change Progress or Decay? Special Focus: Attitudes about Language Change Summary Suggested Reading Exercises Chapter 2 Language and Authority Who Is in Control? Language Academies Language Mavens A Question to Discuss: Does the SAT Know Good Grammar from Bad? Defining Standard English Descriptive versus Prescriptive Grammar Rules Case Study One: Multiple Negatives Case Study Two: Ain't Case Study Three: Whoand Whom The Status of Prescriptive Rules Spoken versus Written Language A Question to Discuss: Are We Losing Our Memories? Dictionaries of English The Earliest Dictionaries of English The Beginnings of Modern Lexicography Historical Lexicography American Lexicography A Question to Discuss: Should Dictionaries Ever Prescribe? English Grammar, Usage, and Style The Earliest Usage Books Prescriptive versus Descriptive Tendencies in Grammars of English Modern Approaches to English Usage Special Focus: Corpus Linguistics Brief History of Corpus Linguistics Applications of Corpus Linguistics in the Twenty-first Century Summary Suggested Reading Exercises Chapter 3 English Phonology Phonetics and Phonology The Anatomy of Speech The International Phonetic Alphabet English Consonants Stops Fricatives Language Change at Work: Is /h/ Disappearing from English? Affricates A Question to Discuss: Does English Have Initial or Final /Z/? Nasals Liquids and Glides Syllabic Consonants English Vowels Front Vowels Back Vowels Central Vowels Diphthongs Language Change at Work: The cot/caught and pin/pen Mergers Natural Classes Phonemes and Allophones Sample Allophones Minimal Pairs Phonological Rules Assimilation Deletion Insertion Metathesis Language Change at Work: Is larynx Undergoing Metathesis? Syllables and Phonotactic Constraints Perception of Sound Special Focus: History of English Spelling Should English Spelling Be Reformed? Summary Suggested Reading Exercises Chapter 4 English Morphology Morphology Open and Closed Classes of Morphemes A Question to Discuss: Exceptions to the Closedness of Closed Classes? Bound and Free Morphemes Inflectional and Derivational Bound Morphemes Inflectional Morphemes Derivational Morphemes Language Change at Work: The Origins of Inflectional -s Affixes and Combining Forms Morphology T

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Titre: How English Works
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Code EAN: 9780205098767
ISBN: 978-0-205-09876-7
Editeur: Pearson Education (US)
Genre: Ecole et didactique
nombre de pages: 576
Poids: 816g
Taille: H231mm x B188mm x T28mm
Année: 2011
Auflage: 3 Revised edition

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