|aWhat is language? -- Brain and language -- Morphology: the words of language --Syntax: the sentence patterns of language -- The meaning of language -- Phonetics: the sounds of language -- Phonology: the sounds patterns of language -- Language acquisition -- Language processing: humans and computers -- Language in society -- Language change: the syllables of time -- Writing: the ABCs of language.
|aThe authors' up-to-date descriptions of the major components of language -- phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics -- are presented at an introductory level that assumes no prior knowledge of linguistics. Discussions about the grammar and other linguistic characteristics of American Sign Language, and other sign languages of deaf people, are woven throughout to reveal the pervasive parallels with spoken languages. Each chapter ends with an array of review materials. Numerous exercises offer instructional options and learning opportunities designed to maximize students' comprehension and mastery of text material. --from publisher description