Author:
Madalena Cruz-Ferreira, Sunita Abraham
Subject:
Higher Education, Linguistics
Material Type:
Full Course, Module, Textbook
Level:
High School, Community College / Lower Division, Adult Education
Grade:
11, 12
Tags:
Linguistics, Multilingual Students, Multilingualism, Textbook
License:
Creative Commons Attribution
Language:
English
Media Formats:
eBook

The Language of Language. A Linguistics Course for Starters

The Language of Language. A Linguistics Course for Starters

Overview

If you've ever wondered why we need concepts like noun and verb or word and phrase when discussing language, this book is for you. Deliberately selective in its approach and assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, The Language of Language explores the nature of language and linguists' agreed-upon ways of talking about the object of their inquiry. Our focus is on modes of thinking rather than content knowledge. Our goal is to encourage informed thinking about (why) language matters, so that you can continue puzzling about language issues long after you've worked your way through this book.
Now in its third edition, the book is packed with over 100 commented activities, examples of language play, and fun food for thought, designed to whet your appetite for linguistics and language studies.
The companion workbook, Lang101 Workbook, contains 460 additional commented exercises and activities, designed for self-study or for the classroom.

Linguistics textbook designed for multilingual users of English – The Language of Language

If you’re curious about (why) language matters, about what linguists do and how they think, and if you’re tired of introductory linguistics books that in fact introduce you to the linguistics of English, try The Language of Language and its companion workbook Lang101 Workbook, for a change.

Lecture Slides – The Language of Language

See Section Notes for Course Instructors for suggestions on how to use the Lecture Slides in class.

Sets of lecture slides for each of the 12 chapters of The Language of Language textbook:

Chapter 1. Language and linguistics  
Chapter 2. Language and languages 
Chapter 3. The grammar of words: words and word parts 
Chapter 4. The grammar of words: word building 
Chapter 5. Speech sounds 
Chapter 6. The grammar of sounds 
Chapter 7. The grammar of sentences: slots and phrases 
Chapter 8. The grammar of sentences: slots and functions 
Chapter 9. The meaning of meaning 
Chapter 10. Meaning in action 
Chapter 11. Language in use 
Chapter 12. Language and speakers 

Notes for Course Instructors – The Language of Language

Suggestions on how to use the set of slides and the exercises available in our Lang101 Workbook to present the material contained in our textbook The Language of Language and encouraging student learning about linguistic issues.

See Section The Language of Language – Lecture slides

See Lang101 Workbook at https://www.oercommons.org/courseware/lesson/65378

Links to Linguistics Sites – The Language of Language

A set of links to internet resources on linguistics to complement the material in our textbook The Language of Language, listed by each of the 12 chapters in the textbook and including cross-chapter resources.

Linguistics Fieldwork for Starters – The Language of Language

Suggestions for class project work designed for beginner students of linguistics using our textbook The Language of Language, to encourage hands-on learning through fieldwork and instil respect for research in the discipline.

Course Descriptions – The Language of Language

A set of four alternative course descriptions which fit our textbook The Language of Language. They can be used to assist students in making informed choices about enrolment in courses, and/or to substantiate proposals of new courses to your school.