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An Introduction to Linguistics

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  • A refreshingly straightforward and nontechnical introduction Takes examples from a wide range of languages

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stuart C. Poole
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  14. Back Matter
    Pages 186-214

About this book


This lively and wide-ranging textbook provides an invaluable guide to the very nature of language. By covering all major aspects of linguistics - with chapters on semantics (the study of meaning), phonology (the sound systems of languages) and morphology (the structure of words), as well as syntax and social variation - it gives a thorough grounding in the fundamental concepts of language and a practical analysis of its use.
Concise summaries of the areas covered, a variety of texts and topic-related exercises, as well as a helpful glossary, provide further aids to study and revision.


language linguistics morphology semantics Syntax

About the authors

STUART C. POOLE is co-ordinator of the language programme at the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Edinburgh. He teaches linguistics and Swedish and has published a textbook for Catalan. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Linguists and served for some years as chairman of its Scottish Society.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title An Introduction to Linguistics
  • Authors Stuart C Poole
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Stuart C. Poole 1999
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-69217-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-69218-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-349-27346-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 224
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Linguistics, general
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