Summary: The most comprehensive introductory text available. Contemporary Linguistics provides the best coverage of core concepts of any introductory text -- phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics -- while exploring cross-curricular issues as diverse as sociolinguistics, sign language, and computational linguistics.
A flexible organization to match instructors' teaching needs. The subject of linguistics is treated as a cohesive whole, yet each chapter can also ...show more stand alone -- a feature that enables instructors to teach the topics in the order they prefer.
The knowledge of working experts in the field. Each chapter is written by an expert or a team of experts on a particular topic in linguistics, providing the most current and in-depth information available.
Written in language students understand. The direct writing style makes complex concepts accessible to students at different levels of learning.
Extensive support for students. To help students master concepts, each chapter begins with bulleted objectives and concludes with a summary, a list of key terms and ideas, recommended readings, and questions that test and reinforce material presented in the chapter. Each chapter is broken down into carefully numbered subsections for students' -- and instructors' -- ease of reference. ...show less