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The fifth edition of George Yule's bestselling, user-friendly introduction to the study of language is brought to life as an enhanced ebook with interactive questioning, glossary terms and integrated audio. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics - from how children l The fifth edition of George Yule's bestselling, user-friendly introduction to the study of language is brought to life as an enhanced ebook with interactive questioning, glossary terms and integrated audio. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics - from how children learn language to why men and women speak differently, through all the key elements of language. To increase student engagement and to foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the ebook features interactive study questions and tasks at the end of each chapter. Chapters on the sound and pattern of language are enriched with integrated audio, allowing students to hear how words and sounds are pronounced and key terms within the text can be tapped to reveal definitions, encouraging lively and proactive learning. This is the most fundamental, engaging and easy-to-use introduction to the study of language.


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The fifth edition of George Yule's bestselling, user-friendly introduction to the study of language is brought to life as an enhanced ebook with interactive questioning, glossary terms and integrated audio. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics - from how children l The fifth edition of George Yule's bestselling, user-friendly introduction to the study of language is brought to life as an enhanced ebook with interactive questioning, glossary terms and integrated audio. Assuming no prior knowledge of the subject, Yule presents information in bite-sized sections, clearly explaining the major concepts in linguistics - from how children learn language to why men and women speak differently, through all the key elements of language. To increase student engagement and to foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills, the ebook features interactive study questions and tasks at the end of each chapter. Chapters on the sound and pattern of language are enriched with integrated audio, allowing students to hear how words and sounds are pronounced and key terms within the text can be tapped to reveal definitions, encouraging lively and proactive learning. This is the most fundamental, engaging and easy-to-use introduction to the study of language.

30 review for The Study of Language: Enhanced eBook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dunya Al-Mishqab

    The best introductory book of language. I've studied it in college for the Introduction to linguistics course, and it was really amazing. I liked how the author used an easy language to explain and illustrate, and the examples in the beginning were great. I enjoyed it and I highly recommend it :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arisarah

    Can't remember the last time that I felt so much love for an academic book. I guess the reason is that it actually doesn't feel academic. The tone is too friendly and it's really easy to follow. It's a must for every language lover I think.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Abeer Abdullah

    an very inclusive introduction into the fields of linguistics, starts off with origins of language, aspects of language that is, phonetics phonology morphology, syntax and semantics, gives a wonderful basic explanation of the function of each. and then goes on to the wonderful stuff of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, first language acquisition, second language, language change, sign language, sociolinguistics and language and culture. regrettably no chapters on psycho-lungui an very inclusive introduction into the fields of linguistics, starts off with origins of language, aspects of language that is, phonetics phonology morphology, syntax and semantics, gives a wonderful basic explanation of the function of each. and then goes on to the wonderful stuff of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, first language acquisition, second language, language change, sign language, sociolinguistics and language and culture. regrettably no chapters on psycho-lunguistics. however over all a wonderful and fun guide on the many facets of linguistics and it's use as a tool to understand humanity.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Leyla Taran

    I'm studying this book and it consist of lots of nice things to provides a solid foundation in all of the essential topics,& introduce the analysis of the key elements of language-sounds,words,structures and meaning.

  5. 4 out of 5

    MarĂ­a Ramirez

    Have I mentioned before that I'm an English teacher? Well, aside from all the good and enjoyable fantasy, contemporary and other books I've read, I've also read the academic ones! :) I'm not an empty head! Woho to me! :D =P

  6. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Hill

    Excellent overview of all languages. Language application, theories, and linguistic symbols. Most defiently a re-read for me. Love the section on manner and place of articulation.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Giuseppe D

    IMHO a great introductory book for those who want to know more and get acquainted to linguistics. It doesn't necessarily focus solely on English giving many examples of how things work in other languages, more or less spoken and known. Moreover it gives very good explanations even for beginners and study questions at the end of each chapter encouraging the student/reader to make use of the notions just acquired and deepen their knowledge. It also quotes 'Me talk pretty one day' by David Sedaris IMHO a great introductory book for those who want to know more and get acquainted to linguistics. It doesn't necessarily focus solely on English giving many examples of how things work in other languages, more or less spoken and known. Moreover it gives very good explanations even for beginners and study questions at the end of each chapter encouraging the student/reader to make use of the notions just acquired and deepen their knowledge. It also quotes 'Me talk pretty one day' by David Sedaris at the beginning of one chapter and has some very funny insights!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paras2

    - I hate you. + I hate you more. this would the conversation I have with this book right now. Linguistics isn't my favorite subject and studying it is the drudgery of a lifetime. and omg at least the text is understandable but that Hudson crap is not -_- anyway, I hate this book, but absolutely good and essential for Linguistics -__-

  9. 5 out of 5

    Maud

    I enjoy my linguistics classes, they are some of the most interesting and fun ones that I have. This book gives so much information, written in such an easy to understand way. If you are interested in getting into linguistics I think this book could be a great starting point!

  10. 5 out of 5

    M. Nasiri

    An introduction to linguistics terms and theories

  11. 5 out of 5

    Soroosh Akef

    Regardless of whether linguistics is a field you want to pursue, if the miracle of human language in any way intrigues you, you need to read this book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Masha

    absolutely FANTASTIC introduction to linguistics, I CANNOT POSSIBLY recommend it higher, it's just fucking amazing. The organization and presentation of information is the clearest I've ever read of anything probably, starting from the absolute basics and culminating in extremely complex and nuanced topics in a really gradual, logical, and thoughtful and just fucking perfectly connected way. my god. honestly my mind was totally blown with each chapter but the next one blew it even harder and rig absolutely FANTASTIC introduction to linguistics, I CANNOT POSSIBLY recommend it higher, it's just fucking amazing. The organization and presentation of information is the clearest I've ever read of anything probably, starting from the absolute basics and culminating in extremely complex and nuanced topics in a really gradual, logical, and thoughtful and just fucking perfectly connected way. my god. honestly my mind was totally blown with each chapter but the next one blew it even harder and right now I'm clutching my head because it's just blown to goddamn smithereens. I'm gonna have to go back and re-rate every book I've ever rated as 5 stars on this site because they can't possibly compare to Yule. I borrowed it from the library but I'm gonna buy myself a version and cover it in gold leaf and anoint it in myrrh, which is the sound I'm currently making because I'm just s h i v e r i n g

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jou

    i read through the entire book. like a nerd. what is happening to me. someone send help. please. i dont even like linguistics

  14. 4 out of 5

    Narmin Hajizada

    Amazing guide book with tons of interesting facts about languages! One may think that language is something that should not be studied about: dude, get this book and read. It is not worse than physics, astronomy or any other scientific book. I really enjoyed reading that course during my entire academic year. The book contains all necessary information about linguistics, sociolinguistics, lexicology and related subjects. I pay my tribute to George Yule! P.S. I had final examination on this subject Amazing guide book with tons of interesting facts about languages! One may think that language is something that should not be studied about: dude, get this book and read. It is not worse than physics, astronomy or any other scientific book. I really enjoyed reading that course during my entire academic year. The book contains all necessary information about linguistics, sociolinguistics, lexicology and related subjects. I pay my tribute to George Yule! P.S. I had final examination on this subject yesterday. Looking forward to getting satisfying result *_*

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    Dear Friends, Today, February 15, 2009, I am resolving to write up the books I have read in order to have a list to refer to. Let's see if I can stick to my resolution for the next year. While The Study of Language had a fascinating title and while it began with some interesting observations and examples of the beginnings of language, it raced on to a more scientific and uninteresting area that did not interest me. Neither my husband nor I felt compelled to finish it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Abdelrahman

    The perfect introductory book for those who want to know introductions about all fields of Linguistics. However, professors ordered to study all the fields in Linguistics course which seems dull and weird course in my major (English Translation). It is not good who really wants to focus on a specific sub-field in Linguistics. I skimmed through several chapters as History of Language and The Origins of Language as I do not believe it will make much difference for me.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate Croft

    An accessible, streamlined introduction to most of the basic areas of linguistics, from phonetics to syntax to language development and sociolinguistics. Not practical for in-depth study of any particular field, but excellent as an overview. The "textbook" elements (chapter review questions, etc.) are thoughtful and stimulating, as well.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Amal

    An accessible introduction to most of the basic areas of linguistics, from phonetics to syntax to language development and sociolinguistics. Not practical for in-depth study of any particular field, but excellent as an overview. I highly recommend it to the beginner students of general linguistics since it is beneficial and the language is not beyond their level.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nurhan El-Badawy

    The most remarkable thing about this book is the Quotation at the beginning of every chapter; it sums up the whole content in a very neat narrative way. Of course, thanks to collage 4th year semester 2, we study it. So let me hope for a simple easy exam as the book ^.^ P.S If anyone needs any illustrations for any of the content chapters, just mention :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sara.

    This Book is amazing. I also admire the writer, he knows how to clarify something... I just read about 4 to 5 chapters, I don't know how I can get access to the whole book ? so if anyone could help me.....

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hazem

    It is an amazing book, easy to read, easy to understand, very suitable for beginners in the field of Linguistics, I strongly recommend all those are new to Linguistics to get a copy, the presentation is clear, and the ideas are well-organized.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sebah Al-Ali

    Read this book a very long time ago. It was the textbook for one of my early language courses. I don't remember it well, but it was a resourceful book, informative. It was used to introduce linguistics to students.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Hassina

    perfect introductions to everything I am interested about. very simple cristal clear and comprehensive. loved the book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rahil

    Very interesting and useful, it has helped me a lot in linguistics even though I didn't read it from cover to cover.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pihla

    I read this when I applied to Tampere University to study English and I found it very interesting and informative. It's been on my list of books to re-read for a few years now.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ali Sattari

    This was our text book for "Introduction to Linguistics" course. It was a good read, I almost enjoyed reading it for the final exams, which is a rare thing to happen :)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pablo

    Great introduction to Linguistics. Getting a bit old when talking about computers and language but fun to read in general.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rao Javed

    Fine book...good for Phonatic and Phonology also for introduction to Linguistic.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sahar

    Awesome! I loved the type of writing so much! Nice examples at the beginning of the chapters! I do recommend it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hasan

    This is a fantastic book that is perfect for someone with zero background knowledge in linguistics. It begins with the origins of language and moves on to discuss the differences between animal "language" and human language, eventually touching on more complex linguistic concepts (morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics). There are plenty of diagrams and charts to help the reader understand these terms and ideas, which were really helpful to me as someone with no prior linguistics instruction. This is a fantastic book that is perfect for someone with zero background knowledge in linguistics. It begins with the origins of language and moves on to discuss the differences between animal "language" and human language, eventually touching on more complex linguistic concepts (morphology, syntax, pragmatics, semantics). There are plenty of diagrams and charts to help the reader understand these terms and ideas, which were really helpful to me as someone with no prior linguistics instruction. After describing the more technical aspects of language, Yule touches on the differences between first and second language acquisition, bilingualism, written language, and the ways English has developed over time in both regional and socio-economic terms. I like that Yule draws attention to commonly neglected types of English as well, like AAVE, English-based creole, and pidgin; these language forms are often overlooked despite their history and modern, social significance.

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