Now Available from Routledge English Language and Applied Linguistics

Understanding Language Series

  1. Understanding Second Language Acquisition

    By Lourdes Ortega

    Series: Understanding Language

    Whether we grow up with one, two, or several languages during our early years of life, many of us will learn a second, foreign, or heritage language in later years. The field of Second language acquisition (SLA, for short) investigates the human capacity to learn additional languages in late...

    Published November 27th 2008 by Routledge

  2. Understanding Pragmatics

    By Jef Verschueren

    Series: Understanding Language

    What do people do when using language? How exactly is meaning generated when we communicate? And why do we say one thing when we usually mean another?Examining the mental and social processes involved in communication through language, Understanding Pragmatics is a comprehensive introduction to the...

    Published October 29th 1998 by Routledge

  3. Understanding Phonetics

    By Patricia Ashby

    Series: Understanding Language

    Assuming little or no background knowledge and using original examples and exercises (with answers supplied), Understanding Phonetics provides you with an accessible introduction to the basics of phonetics and a comprehensive analysis of traditional phonetic theory - the articulation and physical...

    Published September 30th 2011 by Routledge

  4. Understanding Phonology

    3rd Edition

    By Carlos Gussenhoven, Haike Jacobs

    Series: Understanding Language

    This widely acclaimed textbook provides a complete introduction to the phonology of human languages ideal for readers with no prior knowledge of the subject.This skilfully written text provides a broad, yet up-to-date, introduction to phonology. Assuming no previous knowledge of phonology or...

    Published May 27th 2011 by Routledge

  5. Understanding Morphology

    2nd Edition

    By Martin Haspelmath, Andrea Sims

    Series: Understanding Language

    This new edition of Understanding Morphology has been fully revised in line with the latest research. It now includes 'big picture' questions to highlight central themes in morphology, as well as research exercises for each chapter.Understanding Morphology presents an introduction to the study of...

    Published September 24th 2010 by Routledge

  6. Understanding Semantics, Second Edition

    By Sebastian Löbner

    Series: Understanding Language

    Understanding Semantics, Second Edition, provides an engaging and accessible introduction to linguistic semantics. The first part takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to the main phenomena and notions of semantics, covering levels and dimensions of meaning, ambiguity, meaning and context,...

    Published June 16th 2013 by Routledge

  7. Understanding Syntax

    3rd Edition

    By Maggie Tallerman

    Series: Understanding Language

    Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, Understanding Syntax, Third Edition, explains and illustrates the major terms and concepts essential to the study of sentence structure in the world’s languages. Word classes such as ‘noun’, ‘verb’ and ‘preposition’ are introduced, and the properties of...

    Published September 30th 2011 by Routledge

  8. Understanding Language Testing

    By Dan Douglas

    Series: Understanding Language

    Understanding Language Testing presents an introduction to language tests and the process of test development that starts at the very beginning. Assuming no knowledge of the field, the book promotes a practical understanding of language testing using examples from a variety of languages. While...

    Published December 24th 2009 by Routledge