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.
The The Concise Compendium of the World’s Languagesprovides clear snapshots of over one hundred languages. Drawn from the more comprehensive two volume Compendium of the World’s Languages, the articles selected for this volume discuss most languages spoken today by populations of at least five to ten million people, as well as minor languages that figure prominently in the contemporary socio-political context. This combination allows little-known languages, such as Akan, Navajo, Basque and Zulu, to figure prominently alongside the mainstream languages such as Arabic, French, Chinese and Russian. Each entry considers the phonological, morphological and lexical features of the language it discusses. Written for language buffs who want to know – in broad outline – how lots of languages work, this terrific book compiles loads of information in one affordable volume. ISBN: 0415160499 Publisher: ROUTLEDGE Subtitle: Author: GEORGE L. CAMPBELL