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Herbst, Thomas

English Linguistics

A Coursebook for Students of English

Series:Mouton Textbook

DE GRUYTER MOUTON

    300,00 € / $420.00 / £272.50*

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    Publication Date:
    June 2010
    Copyright year:
    2010
    ISBN
    978-3-11-021548-9
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    Overview

    • comprehensive introduction to the basics of English linguistics
    • written in an accessible and reader-friendly style
    • some chapters specifically address beginners
    • perfect tool for preparing for B.A.-examinations

    Aims and Scope

    The book introduces the reader to the central areas of English linguistics. The main sections are: the English language and linguistics - sounds - meaning-carrying units - sentences: models of grammar - meaning - utterances - variation. Notably, the book is written from a foreign student's perspective of the English language, i.e. aspects relevant to foreign language teaching receive particular attention. A great deal of emphasis is put on the insights to be gained from the analysis of corpora, especially with respect to the idiomatic character of language (idiom principle, valency approach). In addition, the text offers basic facts about the history of the language and elaborates on the differences between British and American English.

    The author demonstrates that a linguistic fact can usually be described in more than one way. To this end, each section contains a chapter written for beginners providing a broad outline and introducing the basic terminology. The remaining chapters in each section highlight linguistic facts in more detail and give an idea of how particular theories account for them.

    The book can be used both from the first semester onwards and as perfect study aid for final B.A.-examinations.

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    23.0 x 15.5 cm
    xv, 368 pages
    DE GRUYTER MOUTON
    Language:
    English
    Type of Publication:
    Textbook
    Keyword(s):
    English /Language; Academic Textbook

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    Thomas Herbst, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.

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