Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

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Courier Dover Publications, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 200 pages
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An expert, accessible study, this book asks and answers fundamental questions about how language works, its regional variations, and its cultural and historical roles. The author relates linguistic issues to a broad spectrum of other areas, including the part played by language in the nature of thought and in artistic expression. No finer introduction to the subject exists, and this work's direct style and thought-provoking topics extend its appeal beyond the classroom.
  

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Review: Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

User Review  - Charles - Goodreads

I'm not giving this book a rating because I'm in no way qualified to judge it. It is a very technical book that will appeal to people who like to look at structures and formulas and find that a helpful way to look at the world. For me it was utterly exhausting, and I gave up fairly quickly. Read full review

Review: Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

User Review  - Sergio - Goodreads

I'd give it a higher rating, but the sections on phonetic law and its various classifications went over my head. However, the chapters that were more grounded in sociology and aesthetics were ... Read full review

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Contents

INTRODUCTORY LANGUAGE DEFINED
1
THE ELEMENTS OF SPEECH
17
THE SOUNDS OF LANGUAGE
32
FORM IN LANGUAGE GRAMMATICAL PROCESSES
44
FORM IN LANGUAGE GRAMMATICAL CONCEPTS
64
TYPES OF LINGUISTIC STRUCTURE
97
LANGUAGE AS A HISTORICAL PRODUCT DRIFT
120
LANGUAGE AS A HISTORICAL PRODUCT PHONETIC LAW
141
HOW LANGUAGES INFLUENCE EACH OTHER
158
LANGUAGE RACE AND CULTURE
170
LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE
182
INDEX
191
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Edward Sapir, an American anthropologist, was one of the founders of both modern linguistics and the field of personality and culture. He wrote poetry, essays, and music, as well as scholarly works. Margaret Mead noted that "it was in the vivid, voluminous correspondence with [Edward Sapir] that [Ruth Benedict's] own poetic interest and capacity matured." In the field of linguistics, Sapir developed phonemic theory---the analysis of the sounds of a language according to the pattern of their distribution---and he analyzed some 10 American Indian languages. In cultural anthropology, he contributed to personality-and-culture studies by insisting that the true locus of culture is in the interactions of specific individuals and in the meanings that the participants abstract from these interactions.

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