Thinking About Language : Theories of English
This core textbook exposes students to the key theories, ideas and assumptions which underpin language study. Enlivened by a wealth of debates from across the field, it provides an accessible and engaging introduction to the history of linguistic theory and the variety of theoretical approaches to language study. Balancing theory with application, the first few chapters present an overview of the key issues in language theory, while later chapters focus on the application of language theory and serve as a starting point for readers to investigate various approaches for themselves.
Written in response to the needs of teachers of English language undergraduates, this is an ideal volume for all students studying English language, whether as a single subject or as part of a more general degree programme.
Thinking About Language considers the ideas underpinning language study, introducing past and current debates on the way that human language works. The book offers a balance between theory and application and provides an accessible introduction to the history of linguistic theory and the variety of theoretical approaches to language study.
Explains difficult philosophical concepts in a clear and userfriendly way; no other books on linguistic theory do this
Encourages students to begin thinking about ways of seeing language and shows them where to go next
Provides a good balance between theory and application
Format: Paperback / softback | 184pages
Dimensions: 235 mm x 155 mm x | 296 gr
Publication Date: 20060714
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
ISBN 13: 9781403922038