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.
Ce que les auditeurs disent de Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction
- mitch hill
ANNOYING CHOICE OF NARRATOR
This book was written by a BRITISH man who writes specifically from that region's accent-perspective. HOWEVER, the narration is done by an AMERICAN who reads with an AMERICAN accent! Sections of this book focus heavily focus on regional differences in pronunciation of the English language, and because of the disconnect between writer and narrator, the information contained in these sections is almost entirely lost to the listener. The narrator Conlan makes an admirable attempt to convey the nuance of a British accent and his performance elsewhere is quite good, but the decision to use narration in an American accent was a *huge* oversight on the behalf of the producers of this audiobook. Content-wise, this is a completely adequate entry in the VSI series -- 5 stars for the author.