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The Stories of Linguistics

An Introduction to Language Study Past and Present

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07 October 2016

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What is the nature of human language? How did it originate? How are different languages connected?

Exploring over two thousand years of human enquiry, The Stories of Linguistics is an accessible introduction to the...

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What is the nature of human language? How did it originate? How are different languages connected?

Exploring over two thousand years of human enquiry, The Stories of Linguistics is an accessible introduction to the individuals, ideas and events that have shaped the field of linguistics. From Herodotus to Chomsky, and from philosophy to neuroscience, Kim Ballard presents a fascinating narrative that brings to life a dynamic subject with a rich history.

The Stories of Linguistics:
• uses a thematic rather than a traditional chronological approach to explore the complex development of Western linguistics
• offers an accessible introduction to a field of linguistics which is attracting more and more interest
• guides readers seamlessly through linguistic history, supported by timelines and suggestions for further reading and research

With its broad scope and conversational style, The Stories of Linguistics is an ideal introductory text for students at every level, as well as anyone else with an interest in the history and development of language.

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  • A history of linguistics for the beginning student, giving an overview of work currently being done by linguists at the same time as showing how the scholarship of the past has influenced or is different to current thinking and research
  • Organised thematically, according to the main areas of inquiry, instead of dividing the content by period as most competing textbooks do, which shows more clearly how the different branches of linguistics have evolved over time
  • Attractive to a wide range of readers, from ALevel students considering studying linguistics at university, undergraduate students themselves and teachers of English language A'Level with no linguistic background who need an accessible introduction to the subject

Finding Your Way Around This Book
Timeline of Some Key Events in the History of Linguistics
1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Language
3. The Emergence of Language
4. Language Diversity
5. Language Variation
6. The Structure of Language
7. The Construction of Meaning
8. The Linguistic Brain
9. Language Acquisition
10. The Continuing Story
Phonetic Symbols
Glossary
Life Dates of Thinkers and Researchers
References and Sources
Journals and Societies.

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KIM BALLARD is the former Head of English at Esher Sixth Form College as well as former Chief Examiner for Edexcel A Level English language. She is the author of The Frameworks of English(2001, 2007) for Palgrave and Interpreting Texts(2005) in the Routledge A Level English Guides series.

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KIM BALLARD is the former Head of English at Esher Sixth Form College as well as former Chief Examiner for Edexcel A Level English language. She is the author of The Frameworks of English(2001, 2007) for Palgrave and Interpreting Texts(2005) in the Routledge A Level English Guides series.

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