Life Lessons welcomes Ian Roberts who offers a stimulating introduction to our greatest gift as a species: our capacity for articulate language. We are mostly as blissfully unaware of the intricacies of the structure of language as fish are of the water they swim in. We live in a mental ocean of nouns, verbs, quantifiers, morphemes, vowels and other rich, strange and deeply fascinating linguistic objects. This book introduces the reader to this amazing world.
Introduces the core ideas in linguistics
Explains what linguists have learnt about language
Keeps technical terms to a minimum and includes a full glossary
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ian Roberts has taught in Switzerland, Wales and Germany, and is currently Professor of Linguistics at the University of Cambridge. He has published six monographs and two textbooks, and has edited several collections of articles.
The Wonders of Language
Or: How to Make Noises and Influence People
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