An Introduction to Linguistic Theory

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Linguistics: An Introduction to Linguistic Theory is a textbook, written for introductory courses in linguistic theory for undergraduates. linguistics majors and first-year graduate students, by twelve major figures in the field, each bringing their expertise to one of the core areas of the field - morphology, syntax, semantics, phonetics, phonology, and language acquisition. In each section the book is concerned with discussing the underlying principles common to all languages, showing how these are revealed in language acquisition and the specific grammars of the world's languages.


Victoria A. Fromkin has been a member of the faculty of the UCLA Department of Linguistics since 1966 and served as its Chair from 1972 to 1976. From 1979 to 1989 she served as the UCLA Graduate Dean and Vice Chancellor of Graduate Programs and she has received the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Fromkin is co-author with Robert Rodman of An Introduction to

Language (Sixth Edition, 1998).


* Written by twelve linguists all internationally recognized as leaders in their fields of specialization.

* Exercises and data-analysis problems within and at the end of each chapter help students learn what it means to do


* Includes the latest developments in theoretical linguistics; for example, Optimality Theory.

* Other pedagogical tools include an extensive glossary of key terms, chapter summaries, and further reading lists.

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