An Introduction to Language (9th Edition) by Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams

By Victoria Fromkin, Robert Rodman, Nina Hyams

Assuming no past wisdom of linguistics, AN advent TO LANGUAGE, 9th version, is suitable for quite a few fields--including schooling, languages, psychology, anthropology, English, and instructing English as a moment Language (TESL)--at either the undergraduate and graduate degrees. This thoroughly up-to-date version keeps the transparent descriptions, humor, and seamless pedagogy that experience made the textual content a perennial best-seller, whereas including new details and routines that render each one subject clean, attractive, and present.

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G. h. What he did was climb a tree. 3 Drink your beer and go home! *What are drinking and go home? I expect them to arrive a week from next Thursday. *I expect a week from next Thursday to arrive them. Linus lost his security blanket. *Lost Linus security blanket his. If you find the starred sentences unacceptable, as we do, you see that not every string of words constitutes a well-formed sentence in a language. Our knowledge of a language determines which strings of words are well-formed sentences and which are not.

Indeed, a recent study in Germany reports on a nine-year-old border collie named Rico who has acquired a 200-word vocabulary (containing both German and English words). Rico did not require intensive training but was able to learn many of these words quite quickly. However impressive these feats, the ability of a parrot to produce sounds similar to those used in human language, even if meanings are related to these sounds, and Rico’s ability to understand sequences of sounds that correspond to specific objects, cannot be equated with the child’s ability to acquire the complex grammar of a human language.

A brief look at some of these speculative notions will reveal this point. 27 28 CHAPTER 1 What Is Language? Divine Gift And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. GENESIS 2:19, The Bible, King James Version According to Judeo-Christian beliefs, the one deity gave Adam the power to name all things. Similar beliefs are found throughout the world.

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