IMHO a great introductory book for those who want to know more and get acquainted to linguistics. It doesn't necessarily focus solely on English giving many examples of how things work in other languages, more or less spoken and known. Moreover it gives very good explanations even for beginners and study questions at the end of each chapter encouraging the student/reader to make use of the notions just acquired and deepen their knowledge. It also quotes 'Me talk pretty one day' by David Sedaris at the beginning of one chapter and has some very funny insights!...Continua
This is a good book for you to start to learn more about language, starting from the origins of language, morphology, syntax, semantics, to some other applied areas of language study like first language acquistion, sign language and the speech recognition systems.
What I like most from the book are those short stories or conversations at the beginning of each chapter related to the corresponding topic.
That's what I found at the beginning of chapter 15, Language and the brain :P
Male (answering phone): Hello, Antoine's Hair Studio
Female: I'd like to make an appointment with Michael for next week Thursday
Male: Wolud that be for a haircut?
Female: A haircut and a blow job
Female: Oh, I mean a blow dry, a haircut and a blow dry
Maryann Overstreet (1995)...Continua