Alternative Intro Ling courses

Wendy Smith wsmith at
Wed Dec 8 17:45:43 UTC 2010

I used George Yule's book one semester and found myself developing a 
huge amount of materials to supplement it. It's rather skimpy.

On 12/8/2010 7:53 AM, Angus B. Grieve-Smith wrote:
> On 12/8/2010 10:37 AM, jlmendi at wrote:
>> I think George Yule's popular handbook fits most of your 
>> requierements (I've used the second edition, but there's a new one, 
>> the fourth, published in 2010):
>> Yule, George. The Study of Language. Cambridge University Press
>     I've been using this for the past four semesters (the third and 
> fourth editions), and I agree.  It has the basic mainstream 
> theoretical stuff, but it also covers a lot of the topics that Johanna 
> mentions.  It's also available as an ebook, which I've found very handy:
>     At Saint John's, we have a course called "Language and Culture: 
> Linguistics," which is basically the kind of survey course for 
> non-majors that Johanna describes.  For that, we touched lightly on 
> each chapter, and I assigned a few exercises from each.  I 
> supplemented it with a few articles (I love David Sedaris's piece 
> about nouns and gender in French) and videos (such as Lakoff's 
> presentation to Google).
>     We also have a two-semester Introduction to Linguistics series.  
> For the first semester, I've used only Chapters 3-9 and 15, but I've 
> had to supplement it with material from Language Files and other 
> sources.  For the second semester I plan to use at least some of the 
> rest of the book.
>     The book doesn't say much about functional theories, but it is 
> less heavy on the generative stuff.

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