Linguistics: A Very Short Introduction

Narrated by: James Conlan
Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
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Linguistics falls in the gap between arts and science, on the edges of which the most fascinating discoveries and the most important problems are found. Rather than following the conventional organization of many contemporary introductions to the subject, the author of this stimulating guide begins his discussion with the oldest, 'arts' end of the subject and moves chronologically through to the newest research - the 'science' aspects. A series of short thematic chapters look in turn at such areas as the prehistory of languages and their common origins, language and evolution, language in time and space (the nature of change inherent in language), grammars and dictionaries (how systematic is language?), and phonetics. Explication of the newest discoveries pertaining to language in the brain completes the coverage of all major aspects of linguistics from a refreshing and insightful angle.

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  • Stephen Gott
  • 12-09-18

A Good Introductiom For The Curious

Linguistics is one of those subjects,I've always been curious about."Linguistics:A Very Short Introduction" is a good way to learn about the basic ideas and theories of linguistics and some of the advances it has made.It will also leave you wondering about future advancements and it may also inspire you learn more.As for the narration by James Conlan,it was a clear and solid performance,which is perfect for this type of book.

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  • Mirzhan Irkegulov
  • 06-04-18

Eh

No complaints about the narrator, but these Very Short Introductions are tad too short. It didn't feel I've acquired a better picture of what linguistics does, than I had before.