1. Why Learn about Language?
The Five-Minute Linguist - Bite-sized Essays on Language and Languages Third Edition - Caroline Myrick
Robert Rodman† [+]
Robert Rodman was a UCLA-trained linguist and professor in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University. He was co-author of a best-selling linguistics textbook, An Introduction to Language. Rodman was also a forensic linguist and consulted with the judiciary in matters involving language and the legal system. In 2009, he was elected into the American Academy of Social Sciences for his achievements in Computational Forensic Linguistics.
This chapter emphasizes the fact that what distinguishes us from all the other creatures is language. It points out some of the issues to be addressed in the book and the manner in which they will be addressed.