A Short Introduction to the Study of Language - Ellen Thompson

A Short Introduction to the Study of Language - Ellen Thompson

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A Short Introduction to the Study of Language - Ellen Thompson

Ellen Thompson [+-]
Florida International University
Ellen Thompson is Associate Professor of Linguistics at Florida International University in Miami.

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A Short Introduction to the Study of Language provides an accessible and up-to-date invitation to key concepts of modern language study. Readers gain awareness of the scientific approach to language through examination of varied topics of current research interest. The book explores the following issues: How are young children, who have limited general cognitive capability, able to automatically pick up and use any language that is in their environment, quickly, easily and without effort? Do other animals have language – what about the complex communication systems of apes, bees and cephalods? What happens when an individual is raised in an environment in which they are not exposed to language? Are some languages simpler than others - do some languages lack grammar? Is English getting worse over time, and is there one “correct” way to speak English? This book introduces readers to work that linguists are engaged in today which explores these questions, and sheds light on a number of widespread myths and misconceptions about language.

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Thompson, Ellen. Index. A Short Introduction to the Study of Language. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 149-155 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781797730. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=37932. Date accessed: 22 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37932. Jan 2019

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