An Introduction to Language - Victoria Fromkin, 9th Edition


In this book, An introduction to language , and in this new edition new developments have been included specially in linguistics and related fields that will strengthen its appeal to a wider audience Much of this information will enable students to gain insight and understanding about linguistic issues and debates appearing in the national media and will help professors and students stay current with important linguistic research.

This book contains twelve main chapters . Chapter “1” continues to be a concise introduction to the general study of language . It also includes many hooks for engaging students in language study. Chapter “2” ,Brain and Language, retains its forward placement in the book because we believe that one can learn about the brain through language ,and about the nature of the human being through the brain, this chapter maybe read and appreciated without technical knowledge of linguistics. Chapter “3”and “4” on morphology and syntax , have been heavily rewritten for increased clarity , while weaving in new results that reflect current thinking on how words and sentences are structured and understood.


Chapter “5”, on semantics or meaning , has been more highly structuralized so that the challenging topics of this complex subject can be digested in smaller pieces .Still based on the theme of “what do you know about meaning when you know a language ?” .Chapter “6” on phonetics , retains its former organization with one significant change , the authors have totally embraced international phonetics association notation for English in keeping with current tendencies .

Chapter “7”, on phonology ,has been streamlined by relegating several complex examples “e.g., metathesis in Hebrew” to the exercises . Chapter “8” , Language Acquisition, is still rich in date from both English and other languages , and has been updated with newer examples from the ever expanding research in this vital topic. Chapter “9” , the section on psycholinguistics has been updated to conform recent discoveries . The section on computational linguistics has been substantially reorganized into two subsections “technicalities and applications “ .

Chapter “10” the section, languages in contact , has been thoroughly researched and brought up to date including insightful material on pidgins and creoles ,their origins ,interrelationship and subtypes. An entirely new section ,Language and Education, discusses some of the sociolinguistic issues facing the classroom teacher in our multicultural school systems .

Chapter “11” on language change , has undergone a few changes .This section “extinct and endangered” has been completely rewritten and brought up to date to reflect the intense interest in this critical subject . The same is true of the section “types of languages” , which now reflects the latest research. Chapter “12” on writing systems , is unchanged from the previous edition with the exception of a mild rewriting to further improve clarity ,and the movement  of the section on reading to chapter “10”.

Terms that appear bold in the text are defined in the revised glossary at the end of the book .The glossary has been expanded and improved so that the ninth edition provides students with a linguistic lexicon of nearly 700 terms ,making the book a worthy reference volume.







In this book, An introduction to language , and in this new edition new developments have been included specially in linguistics and related fields that will strengthen its appeal to a wider audience Much of this information will enable students to gain insight and understanding about linguistic issues and debates appearing in the national media and will help professors and students stay current with important linguistic research.

This book contains twelve main chapters . Chapter “1” continues to be a concise introduction to the general study of language . It also includes many hooks for engaging students in language study. Chapter “2” ,Brain and Language, retains its forward placement in the book because we believe that one can learn about the brain through language ,and about the nature of the human being through the brain, this chapter maybe read and appreciated without technical knowledge of linguistics. Chapter “3”and “4” on morphology and syntax , have been heavily rewritten for increased clarity , while weaving in new results that reflect current thinking on how words and sentences are structured and understood.


Chapter “5”, on semantics or meaning , has been more highly structuralized so that the challenging topics of this complex subject can be digested in smaller pieces .Still based on the theme of “what do you know about meaning when you know a language ?” .Chapter “6” on phonetics , retains its former organization with one significant change , the authors have totally embraced international phonetics association notation for English in keeping with current tendencies .

Chapter “7”, on phonology ,has been streamlined by relegating several complex examples “e.g., metathesis in Hebrew” to the exercises . Chapter “8” , Language Acquisition, is still rich in date from both English and other languages , and has been updated with newer examples from the ever expanding research in this vital topic. Chapter “9” , the section on psycholinguistics has been updated to conform recent discoveries . The section on computational linguistics has been substantially reorganized into two subsections “technicalities and applications “ .

Chapter “10” the section, languages in contact , has been thoroughly researched and brought up to date including insightful material on pidgins and creoles ,their origins ,interrelationship and subtypes. An entirely new section ,Language and Education, discusses some of the sociolinguistic issues facing the classroom teacher in our multicultural school systems .

Chapter “11” on language change , has undergone a few changes .This section “extinct and endangered” has been completely rewritten and brought up to date to reflect the intense interest in this critical subject . The same is true of the section “types of languages” , which now reflects the latest research. Chapter “12” on writing systems , is unchanged from the previous edition with the exception of a mild rewriting to further improve clarity ,and the movement  of the section on reading to chapter “10”.

Terms that appear bold in the text are defined in the revised glossary at the end of the book .The glossary has been expanded and improved so that the ninth edition provides students with a linguistic lexicon of nearly 700 terms ,making the book a worthy reference volume.


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