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A accomplished advisor to the character of language and an creation to linguistic research. it is a fresh version of «An advent to the character and features of Language», the bestselling English Language textbook. With accomplished assurance of the character of language and linguistic research, this booklet is ideal for these learning language for the 1st time. issues coated comprise discourse research, language acquisition, language switch, and the background of English, including examinations of other modes of discourse in addition to the elements of language itself. The e-book positive aspects bankruptcy summaries, examine questions, and case reviews along feedback for venture paintings and prolonged learn. the knowledge of the subjects is aided via a word list of phrases and a bibliography. there's additionally a better half site with scholar and lecturer assets. initially released in 1996, and now totally revised, this middle textual content has been utilized by millions of scholars learning English Language. it really is an obtainable and interesting advisor to the fundamentals of language and linguistics for college kids on A and AS-level classes in addition to being ideal these on their first 12 months at undergraduate point on Language or Linguistics classes.

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I n a n y case, m a n y words operate in th e s a m e o r a s im ila r way. So, lin g u is ts assign w o rd s to w o r d classes, a n d the d e s c rip tio n o f g ra m m a r is th en , in part, th e d e s c rip tio n o f h o w w o rd classes ope rate in the s tru c tu re o f sentences. A n o ld e r te rm fo r w o r d class is p a r t o f s p e e c h , w h ic h m o d e r n lin g u is ts reject as a rathe r m is le a d in g o r at least u n in fo r m a tiv e te rm . 2); sim ilar type o f meaning.

English also has a p a ir o f s to p co nso n an ts at the palatal place o f a rtic u la tio n , w h ic h are a little diffe ren t Iro m those ju s t d escribed. T h e release o f th e stop involves fric tio n (see fricatives b e lo w ), a n d th e y are so m e tim e s c a lled affricate s. T h e y are fo u n d in itia lly in choke a n d joke: palatal / t / d j / (compare alveolar stops above and palatal fricatives below). F rica tiv e s I n the p r o n u n c ia tio n o f fricatives th e a rtic u la to rs c o m e close together, b u t w ith o u t c o m ­ p le te ly s to p p in g the airflow .

E h ! ). S o u n d s c o m b in e together in to (s p o k e n ) w o rd s a n d sentences. T h e ways in w h ic h s o u n d s c o m b in e c a n best b e described, how ever, i f we recog­ n ize th e syllable as a u n it o f p h o n o lo g ic a l o rg a n iz a tio n sm a lle r th a n a w o rd . S o m e w o rd s are c o m p o s e d o t o n ly o n e syllabic (fo r e x a m p le p lu m , p e a r): th ey arc m o n o s y lla b ic . O th ers are c o m p o s e d o f m o r e th a n o n e syllable (for e x am ple lem on - tw o syllables, straw berry three syllables): th ey are p o ly s y lla b ic .

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