[Ads-l] Linguistics 101 Textbook Suggestions

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Mon Oct 2 03:43:24 UTC 2017

Does anyone have a suggestion for a Linguistics 101 textbook? I'm looking
for a replacement for the next time I teach the course, one that provides a
decent intro into the various aspects of the field.

I'm currently using Finegan's "Language: Its Structure and Use," but I'm not
happy with it. It looked good at the beginning of the semester, but as we've
dived into it, I (and more critically the students) are realizing that it
does a neat job of obfuscating simple concepts and failing to explain how
the different aspects of the field relate to one another.

--Dave Wilton
   Department of English
   Texas A&M University
   dwilton at tamu.edu / dave at wilton.net

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