Language: The Basics
By R.L. Trask
Routledge – 1999 – 264 pages
Series: The Basics
What makes human language unique?
Do women speak differently from men?
Just what is the meaning of "meaning"?
Language: The Basics provides a concise introduction to the study of language. Written in an engaging and entertaining style, it encourages the reader to think about the way language works.
* chapters on 'Language in Use', 'Attitudes to Language', 'Children and Language' and 'Language, Mind and Brain'
* a section on sign language
* a glossary of key terms
* handy annotated guides to further reading.
Providing an accessible overview of a fascinating subject, this is an essential book for all students and anyone who's ever been accused of splitting an infinitive.
'The best primer around: it's not just instructive, but written with clarity, verve, and a sense of fun.' – The Guardian