Language: The Basics

Language The Basics What makes human language unique Do women speak differently from men What is the meaning of meaning This book provides an introduction to the study of language It features chapters on Language in Use

  • Title: Language: The Basics
  • Author: R.L. Trask
  • ISBN: 9780415340199
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • What makes human language unique Do women speak differently from men What is the meaning of meaning This book provides an introduction to the study of language It features chapters on Language in Use , Attitudes to Language , Children and Language and Language, Mind and Brain.

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    1. لغة الكتاب خفيفة بسيطة والمؤلف صاحب نكتة واضحة لم تذهب بها الترجمة على ضعفها للأسف "حقيقة أكثر ما أثار غيظي ترجمة مصطلح علماء اللسانيات العصبية إلى العلماء العصابيين -_- "الاطلاع على اللغات الأخرى وكيف أن الأجناس في بعض اللغات وصلت إلى ثمانية أو تسعة بينما هي في العربية جنسان: [...]

    2. English Philology entrance examEasy and quick read. I wasn't originally interested about linguistics that much when I decided to apply to this department but Trask introduced many interesting aspects of language. It didn't come across as dry and academic but as funny and informative. Would recommend to everyone interested in this subject but mostly to those who want a quick introduction.

    3. Well-organized, easy to understand introduction to linguistics. The author explains why human language is unique, how babies learn, differences between regional dialects, men and women's styles of speaking, how languages change over time, and others. Lots of references for further reading. Funny and conversational style that would be enjoyable even if the material weren't so fascinating.

    4. This is a nice and easy read on the, well, basics of language. Most of it I have come across before, but it's always fun to read about it from another point of view. Or at least I thought it was another point of view. Trask is a professor in England and this is a text used in classes over there that I read about in an article in a British e-magazine, but it turns out Trask is from Western New York State. Great. What, like Rochester? Anyway, he pooh-poohs some of my pet crackpot theories by merel [...]

    5. This is just an incredible book. Somehow it manages to be interesting, concise and thought-provoking at the same time. It is, as such, quite simply the perfect introduction to languages in general. Although that might have something to do with my pre-existing fascination for the topic, it is written so accessibly and enticingly that anyone should thoroughly enjoy this.

    6. Good overview of issues in language with some flowing prose and firm opinions. In particular there are slaps for unimaginative single-rule-spouting grammar Nazis who think the one rule they (think they) learned gives them some form of superiority over other users of their language. We know plenty of them, unfortunately. So, clearly, did Trask.

    7. Fascinating book. I found myself saying "that is so interesting" over and over again. Trask succeeds in evoking a sense of wonder. He artfully lines up the concepts so that we can feel their significance, but does so with a touch of wit. One of the best non fiction books I have ever read.

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