[Ads-l] Linguistics 101 Textbook Suggestions

Beth Young zbyoung at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 2 12:45:30 UTC 2017

I've been happy with Kirk Hazen's _An Introduction to Language_ (Wiley 2015
978-0-470-65896-3). Hazen clearly explains concepts in a straightforward
manner that works well for adult students and does not talk down to them.
There are a few "standard" topics that aren't addressed in this book (e.g.,
allophones) and some less typical topics that are (e.g., x bar theory).

Beth Young
Univ of Central Florida

On Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 11:43 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:

> 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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