Linguistics, the scientific study of language, has contributed towards the study of culture, behaviour and cognition. Its major focus, however, is human language which is a fascinating field of study in its own right. Unfortunately, no university in Pakistan offers a masters degree in linguistics. In fact, even though departments of English have introduced courses in linguistics, their main focus is on teaching the English language.
This book is divided into fourteen chapters and defines a wide range of concepts. Beginning with the definition of linguistics, the book traces the history of its development. It explains how sounds combine to make up a language. There are chapters on morphology, the study of parts of words, and semantics, the study of meaning. The book includes Chomsky’s theories of transformational generative grammar. The conclusion and bibliography guide readers to other books on linguistics.