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Linguistics For Dummies

Authors:
Rose-Marie Dechaine ,
Strang Burton ,
Eric Vatikiotis-Bateson
Published: March 6, 2012

Overview

The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human language

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-level introductory linguistics course and arms you with the confidence, knowledge, and know-how to score your highest.

  • Understand the science behind human language
  • Grasp how language is constructed
  • Score your highest in college-level linguistics

If you're enrolled in an introductory linguistics course or simply have a love of human language, Linguistics For Dummies is your one-stop resource for unlocking the science of the spoken word.

The fascinating, fun, and friendly way to understand the science behind human language

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguistics students study how languages are constructed, how they function, how they affect society, and how humans learn language. From understanding other languages to teaching computers to communicate, linguistics plays a vital role in society. Linguistics For Dummies tracks to a typical college-level introductory

linguistics course and arms you with the confidence, knowledge, and know-how to score your highest.

  • Understand the science behind human language
  • Grasp how language is constructed
  • Score your highest in college-level linguistics

If you're enrolled in an introductory linguistics course or simply have a love of human language, Linguistics For Dummies is your one-stop resource for unlocking the science of the spoken word.

Linguistics For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. Linguists gather information about sounds and sound patterns, about words and word patterns. They look at how words form sentences and how language is used to communicate. Linguists who focus on the form of language look at phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax. Linguists also look at how form changes over time (historical linguistics), compare the languages of the world to each other (language typology), and also compare writing systems (orthography). Many linguists look at how language connects to meaning (semantics and pragmatics), cognition (language acquisition, psycholinguistics, and neurolinguistics), and society (anthropological linguistics and sociolinguistics).