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The handbook of linguistics
Aronoff, Mark.
Publication Information:
Oxford : Blackwell, [2003]

Physical Description:
840 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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"First published in 2001 by Blackwell Publishers, Ltd."--verso T.p.
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Presupposing no prior knowledge of linguistics,The Handbook of Linguistics is the ideal resource for people who want to learn about the subject and its subdisciplines.

Author Notes

Mark Aronoff is Professor of Linguistics and Associate Provost at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Janie Rees-Miller is Chair of the Modern Languages Department and Director of the English as a Second Language Program at Marietta College, Ohio.

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Choice Review

Aronoff and Rees-Miller note in their preface the gap between academic and general public thinking about linguistics, a gap largely due to erroneous ideas about language. They hope to bridge that gap with this book, which in their eyes presupposes no prior knowledge of linguistics; but in fact most of it is accessible only to someone with a good knowledge of language history and structure. The editors do include information for people who want to know what linguistics and its subdisciplines are about, and they are successful at showing the state of knowledge of various aspects of human language at the beginning of the 21st century. The volume begins with surveys of the languages and writing systems of the world, goes on to cover the now-traditional disciplines of linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), and ends with a survey of newer fields like sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, and even forensic linguistics. Because of its wide range, the book is an essential resource in its area and is more up-to-date than the few other works of its kind. The writers frequently seem at once fascinated and intimidated by the field of linguistics, a reminder that it is an elusive and young science. All linguistics collections. J. B. Beston; formerly, Nazareth College of Rochester

Table of Contents

Andrew Carstairs-MccarthyBernard ComriePeter T. DanielsLyle CampbellBrian D. JosephPamela MunroJohn LaverAbigail CohnAndrew SpencerD. A. CruseMark C. BakerThomas WasowRobert D. Van Valin, JrWilliam CroftShalom LappinRuth KempsonAgnes Weiyun HeNigel FabbBrian MacwhinneyVivian CookSuzanne RomaineWendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-MartinFlorian CoulmasDavid CaplanRichard Sproat and Christer Samuelsson and Jennifer Chu-Carroll and Bob CarpenterJanie Rees-MillerJames Paul GeeRebecca TreimanDavid CrystalRoger W. ShuyChristoph GutknechtFrank Anshen
List of Contributorsp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
1 Origins of Languagep. 1
2 Languages of the Worldp. 19
3 Writing Systemsp. 43
4 The History of Linguisticsp. 81
5 Historical Linguisticsp. 105
6 Field Linguisticsp. 130
7 Linguistic Phoneticsp. 150
8 Phonologyp. 180
9 Morphologyp. 213
10 The Lexiconp. 238
11 Syntaxp. 265
12 Generative Grammarp. 295
13 Functional Linguisticsp. 319
14 Typologyp. 337
15 An Introduction to Formal Semanticsp. 369
16 Pragmatics: Language and Communicationp. 394
17 Discourse Analysisp. 428
18 Linguistics and Literaturep. 446
19 First Language Acquisitionp. 466
20 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition: One Person with Two Languagesp. 488
21 Multilingualismp. 512
22 Natural Sign Languagesp. 533
23 Sociolinguisticsp. 563
24 Neurolinguisticsp. 582
25 Computational Linguisticsp. 608
26 Applied Linguisticsp. 637
27 Educational Linguisticsp. 647
28 Linguistics and Readingp. 664
29 Clinical Linguisticsp. 673
30 Forensic Linguisticsp. 683
31 Translationp. 692
32 Language Planningp. 704
Bibliographyp. 714
Indexp. 774