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Language: Its Structure and Use, 5th

 
지은이 : Edward Finegan
출판사 : Wadsworth
판수 : 5 edition
페이지수 : 672
ISBN : 1413030890
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도서가격 : 28,000원
적립금 : 840 Point
     

 



LANGUAGE: ITS STRUCTURE AND USE explains core concepts in an interactive style that you can understand no matter what your major. With features like "What Do You Think?" and "Try It Yourself," you'll understand what you're experiencing on campus and in the classroom from a linguistics perspective. The expanded study sections and the available workbook provide you with the tools you'll need for effective test prep.



1. Languages and Linguistics.
Part One: LANGUAGE STRUCTURES.
2. Words and Their Parts: Lexicon and Morphology.
3. The Sounds of Languages: Phonetics.
4. Sound Systems of Language: Phonology.
5. The Structure and Function of Phrases and Sentences: Syntax.
6. The Study of Meaning: Semantics.
7. Language Universals and Language Typology.
Part Two: LANGUAGE USE.
8. Information Structure and Pragmatics.
9. Speech Acts and Conversation.
10. Language Variation across Situations of Use.
11. Language Variation among Social Groups: Dialects.
12. Writing.
Part Three: LANGUAGE CHANGE, LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT, AND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.
13. Language Change over Time: Historical Linguistics.
14. Historical Development in English.
15. Acquiring First and Second Languages.
Glossary.
Answers to Exercises for Practice.
Index.
Index of Languages.
Index of Internet Sites.
Index of Videos.
Credits.
"Finegan routinely uses other languages as well as English to illustrate virtually every important topic. This is probably the single strongest feature of the book. In addition, the end of chapter exercises and the separate workbook are very good and the range of topics covered is excellent. And Finegan's sympathy to the performative aspects of language use (language as a communication system that utilizes broader cultural knowledge and contextual cues as well as linguistic competence) is a breath of fresh air."

"Throughout the text, Finegan consistently exhibits a clear, lively writing style that engages the students without sounding condescending. With only a couple of exceptions the chapters beyond the core topics of phonetics, phonology, morphology, and syntax are gems as stand-alone essays on the nature of language. I truly regret that I don't have more time in a semester to include more of them… The exercises at the ends of the chapters are excellent."
I am getting my my master's degree in Linguistics, and my professor has chosen to use this book for our Introduction to Linguistics course. Finegan writes this book as if he's writing it for professional linguists who need their memories refreshed. Instead of simply putting in the book what students need: clear-cut, unambigous, non-circular definitions, he quickly glosses over terms then gives very long, extensive examples without even having defined the term. For example, pragmatics is defined as "the branch of linguistics that studies information structure" (p. 250). His definitions do not help the learner fully understand the term, he simply doesn't define it.

Majority of the examples are given in foreign languages. This is not helpful if you have never studied any of them, and for the ones you have studied, it doesn't make things easier. The exercises he has at the end of each chapter are ambiguous. For example, exercise 8.1a, pp. 272: "Identify the noun phrase that is the topic in sentences 2, 3, and 4." This question can go two ways- identify one noun phrase that is the topic of each of those sentences as a whole or identify three separate noun phrases. Finegan should take more time in the structure of defining the terms in his next edition and condense some of the long, unnecessary examples, as well as get on board with standards (the phonetic charts he uses are out of date).

I was not aware that this was the international version of the book, and even though it is the same thing, it would have been nice if Amazon did not bunch all of them together.

The reason I purchased this book at Amazon rather than at university bookstores is that I trusted the amazon's explanation on the site. The description said that the status of this used book is almost the new one. When I got this book at home, however, I am very disappointed 'cause not only the cover but also almost 1/4 pages were underlined, taken notes, and highlighted in various colors. Although I really wanted to return this book, I can't as the class began on that day. Now I can't trust the description in Amazon site as it is.

It is a good entry book for linguistics. The text is easily to follow. Provides a fair number of exercises. However, I would recommend choosing a different textbook for students in the field of second language acquisition (SLA), as the book lacks sufficient information in SLA.

This is a very accessible text. Many students find linguistics an intimidating subject to tackle, but this book makes it manageable. At the same time, Finegan does not just give students the "right" answers when discussing issues in linguistics--he presents those issues, then expects students to think for themselves, and draw their own conclusions. He is definitely not unbiased, but he also doesn't claim to have all the answers. Finegan presents students with a number of opportunities to connect what they are learning in this book to their own experiences and knowledge. It fulfills the purpose it was meant to serve as a textbook.

I recently completed an Introduction to Linguistics course; this book was the text. I found it not only extremely readable but up to date, informative, and scholarly. It made more clear what was for most of us an inaccessible topic. The examples were real world and timely. Small units on Computers and Linguistics at the end of each chapter explained how these two fields intersect. The study questions and examples provided pertinent review of what the chapters covered.

BTW, I found the tone of the last review "pompous and patronizing", to use his own words. Why are there so many intellectual snobs among linguists?
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