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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book is a straightforward introduction to linguistics - the systematic
study of language which attempts to answer two fundamental questions: "what is
language?" and "how does language work?". The author explains the basic
concepts and essential terminology with examples drawn mainly from English.
Sound patterning, syntax and meaning - the inner core of linguistics - are
discussed in simple terms, as are the rapidly growing areas of pragmatics,
sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics and stylistics. The book also deals with
language and linguistic typology. In its final section, it outlines Chomsky's
transformational grammar, including information on his "Minimalist Program".