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Thinking About Language

Theories of English

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Red Globe Press

Pages: 184
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Perspectives on the English Language

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21 August 2006

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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...

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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. 

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  • Explores a range of questions addressed by theorists, thereby encouraging readers to critically reflect on how elements of linguistic theory have influenced their responses
  • Engages students in past discussions and contemporary debates on the way that human language works
  • Develops students' skills in identifying and evaluating implicit and explicit assumptions in linguistic writing and recognising their significance
  • `Focus on...' sections highlight the influential ideas of a particular theorist or school of thought for further consideration
  • Suggestions for further reading at the end of every chapter encourage readers to find out more about specific topics

Series Preface
Introduction
PART 1: INTRODUCING LANGUAGE THEORY
Theory in Language Study
Language is...
PART II: APPLYING LANGUAGE THEORY
How Do Words Work?
How Does Language Relate to the World?
Is Language Like a Code?
How is Language Related to Thought?
How Does Context Affect Meaning?
Is Language Logical?
How Do Children Learn Language?
A Final Thought: Do Other Animals have Language?
Bibliography
Index.

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SIOBHAN CHAPMAN is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her publications include Accent in Context, Philosophy for Linguists, Paul Grice, Philosopher and Linguist and Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language.

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SIOBHAN CHAPMAN is Lecturer in English Language at the University of Liverpool, UK. Her publications include Accent in Context, Philosophy for Linguists, Paul Grice, Philosopher and Linguist and Key Thinkers in Linguistics and the Philosophy of Language.

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