Nelson Higher Education

Higher Education

An Introduction to Language, 4th Edition

  • Victoria Fromkin
  • Robert Rodman
  • Nina Hyams
  • Kirsten M. Hummel
  • ISBN-10: 0176501193
  • ISBN-13: 9780176501198
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2001, 1997
  • COPYRIGHT: 2010 Published
Request a Copy for Review

Overview

About the Product

This classroom-tested, student-friendly text serves a broad range of students learning about language and linguistics. This revised edition provides a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the principal subfields of linguistics. Canadian issues, examples and research are highlighted throughout the book.

Features

  • Assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics and therefore is suited to students taking the introductory course

  • Infotrac is included with the text

  • Canadian issues, examples and research are highlighted throughout

  • Textboxes help students learn important concepts and provide interesting examples

About the Author

Victoria Fromkin

Victoria Fromkin was Professor of Linguistics and a member of the faculty of the University of California, Department of Linguistics from 1966 until her death in 2000. She served as its chair from 1972–1976. Dr Fromkin published more than one hundred books, monographs and papers on topics concerned with phonetics, phonology, tone languages, African languages, speech errors, processing models, aphasia and the brain/mind/language interface.

Robert Rodman

Robert Rodman was a Professor of Linguistics and Computer Science at North Carolina State University. His research interests included computational forensic linguistics, speech processing, and in particular, lip synchronisation and voice recognition.

Nina Hyams

Nina Hyams received her bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1973 and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in linguistics from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 1981 and 1983, respectively. She joined the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1983, where she is a professor of linguistics. Her main areas of research are childhood language development and syntax. She is author of the book LANGUAGE ACQUISITION AND THE THEORY OF PARAMETERS (D. Reidel Publishers, 1986), a milestone in language acquisition research. She has also published numerous articles on the development of syntax, morphology, and semantics in children. She has been a visiting scholar at the University of Utrecht and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands and has given lectures throughout Europe and Japan.

Kirsten M. Hummel

Kirsten M. Hummel received her bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of California, San Diego, in 1973, her M.A. degree in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, and her Ph.D degree in linguistics from McGill University in Montreal, in 1986. From 1974 to 1977 she taught English (EFL) in Brazzaville, Congo. From 1989 to 1990 she taught applied linguistics at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland on a Fulbright grant. She has been a professor in the Department of languages, linguistics, and translation at Laval University in Quebec City since 1986, where her main area of specialization for teaching and research is second language acquisition.

Table of Contents

Part One: The Nature of Human Language
Chapter 1: What is Language?

Part Two: Grammatical Aspects of Language
Chapter 2: Morphology: The Words of Language
Chapter 3: Syntax: The Sentence Patterns of Language
Chapter 4: Semantics: The Meanings of Language
Chapter 5: Phonetics: The Sounds of Language
Chapter 6: Phonology: The Sound Patterns of Language

Part Three: The Psychology and Biology of Language
Chapter 7: First Language Acquisition
Chapter 8: Second Language Acquisition
Chapter 9: Psycholinguistics: Language Processing
Chapter 10: Computational Linguistics: Computer Language Processing
Chapter 11: Neurolinguistics: Language and the Brain

Part Four: Social Aspects of Language
Chapter 12: Sociolinguistics: Language in Society
Chapter 13: Language Change: The Syllables of Time
Chapter 14: Writing: The ABCs of Language

Part Five: Animal Communication
Chapter 15: Animal Communication

New to this edition

  • The previous chapter 9 has been split into two chapters: "Psycholinguistics: Language Processing" and "Computational Linguistics: Computer Language Processing"
  • Chapter 12 has new material on lexical variation across Canada
  • New information on text messaging
  • Marginal text boxes are interspersed in the chapters
  • 2-4 related websites have been added to the end of each chapter
  • The inclusion of a new map of Aboriginal language families across Canada
  • Updated census information

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Student Workbook for An Introduction to Language  (ISBN-10: 0176474250 | ISBN-13: 9780176474256)

The perfect way to prepare for exams and get the grade you want! This student workbook provides additional opportunities for practice and is aligned with the core textbook.

Test Bank for An Introduction To Language  (ISBN-10: 0176474277 | ISBN-13: 9780176474270)
Answer Key for An Introduction to Language  (ISBN-10: 0176474269 | ISBN-13: 9780176474263)
Answer Key for Student Workbook for An Introduction to Language  (ISBN-10: 0176474285 | ISBN-13: 9780176474287)

Student Supplements

Student Workbook for An Introduction to Language  (ISBN-10: 0176474250 | ISBN-13: 9780176474256)

The perfect way to prepare for exams and get the grade you want! This student workbook provides additional opportunities for practice and is aligned with the core textbook.