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Essentials of Linguistics

(7 reviews)

Catherine Anderson

Pub Date: 2018

Publisher: BCcampus

Language: English

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Reviewed by Walter Sistrunk, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College (LAGCC ) on 5/14/19

The textbook covers the major areas of linguistics, the core areas which are essential to understainding other subfields of linguistics such as historical linguistics and sociolinguitics which it excludes. However, the author manages to interperse... read more

 

Reviewed by Sandra Leonard, Assistant Professor, Kuztown University on 5/4/19

Very useful introduction to the main subcategories of linguistics. Some additional units on sociolinguistics, pragmatics, writing systems, and sign language would be useful. read more

 

Reviewed by Gonzalo Campos-Dintrans, Assistant Professor, University of Mary Washington on 4/30/19

The explanations are very clear and adequate as an introductory source. The comprehension exercises help the reader and can also help the instructor check for students' comprehension. The video segments facilitate understanding as well. read more

 

Reviewed by Leslie Cochrane, Senior Lecturer of English and Linguistics, College of William & Mary on 4/26/19

As the author's summary and other reviews have stated, this textbook covers several subfields of linguistics but not all. Sociolinguistics is mentioned by name precisely once. Some attention is paid to variation, but the discussion is mostly under... read more

 

Reviewed by Monika Ekiert, Associate Professor, LaGuardia CC, City University of New York on 1/10/19

The textbook's strength lies in the comprehensive review of the following areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. The textbook does not sufficiently address other areas typically covered in introductory... read more

 

Reviewed by Nick Dobson, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Augustana College on 11/13/18

The text doesn't aim to be comprehensive, omitting, for example, historical linguistics, pragmatics, and conversation structures. As far as I can tell, there is no index and no glossary. read more

 

Reviewed by Rosa Maria Castaneda, Associate Professor , Fort Hays State University on 10/27/18

The text provides videos and audio scripts to illustrate aspects relevant to the topic in discussion. read more

 

Table of Contents

  • Part I. Chapter 1: Thinking Like a Linguist
  • Part II. Chapter 2: Producing Speech Sounds
  • Part III. Chapter 3: Transcribing Speech Sounds
  • Part IV. Chapter 4: Speech Sounds in the Mind
  • Part V. Chapter 5: Psycholinguistics of Learning Sounds
  • Part VI. Chapter 6: Word Forms
  • Part VII. Chapter 7: Combining Words
  • Part VIII. Chapter 8: Forming Sentences
  • Part IX. Chapter 9: Sentence Structure and Meaning
  • Part X. Chapter 10: Word Meanings
  • Part XI. Chapter 11: Indigenous Languages
  • Part XII. Back Matter Test

About the Book

This Open Educational Resource (OER) brings together Open Access content from around the web and enhances it with dynamic video lectures about the core areas of theoretical linguistics (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), supplemented with discussion of psycholinguistic and neurolinguistic findings. Essentials of Linguistics is suitable for any beginning learner of linguistics but is primarily aimed at the Canadian learner, focusing on Canadian English for learning phonetic transcription, and discussing the status of Indigenous languages in Canada. Drawing on best practices for instructional design, Essentials of Linguistics is suitable for blended classes, traditional lecture classes, and for self-directed learning. No prior knowledge of linguistics is required.

About the Contributors

Author

Catherine Anderson is a Teaching Professor in the Department of Linguistics & Languages at McMaster University. She earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. Anderson c onducts research on undergraduate learning and curriculum in linguistics. She lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her partner and their school-aged twins.