An Introduction to the English Language

Word, sound and sentence, third edition

by Koenraad Kuiper and W. Scott Allan
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An Introduction to English Language is carefully designed as a course-book for either group or individual study, and it remains the essential text for students and teachers of English language and introductory linguistics. On this website you’ll find detailed information about the book, together with a range of teaching and learning resources.

About this website

This companion web site for An Introduction to English Language makes a number of additional resources available to those using the book. The book is divided into four sections: Introduction, Words, Sounds, Sentences. You will find these as headings in the tabs at the top of the home page. These sections, both in the book and on this site can be thought of as learning modules. Each module on the web site contains powerpoint files available for downloading. They are summaries of what is in the book and provide headings for taking notes. They are also used for the mini-lecture movies each of which presents a topic in sequence from each section of the book. You can either watch the movie before reading the relevant section of the book or watch afterwards for revision (or both). Each mini lecture movie has on its opening slide, the topic and section of the book that it covers.

Finally there are sound files. These are short and aim to get you thinking about language issues, or they provide some additional material on related topics.

About the authors

KOENRAAD KUIPER is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and University of Sydney, Australia. The late W. SCOTT ALLAN was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Language Studies and Linguistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.