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Query Subject:   Intro to Linguistics book for Entrance Exam
Author:   Deborah Ruuskanen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   We've just been told we need to change the linguistics book for the
entrance exam, and we need to give the admin people the title of the new
book by the end of this week (Friday 28 September). Basically we need a
book that introduces linguistics to the layman, i.e. a 'study of
language' type book. The level is more or less equivalent to secondary
school grads in the USA or the UK, and since they have to buy it, i
should not be too expensive (around £12 pounds UK, 20 Euros, 15 dollars
US). It should also cover more than one theory of syntax, e.g. a book
that considers Chomsky to be the only authority on syntax is no
acceptable: talking about syntax and 'rules of grammar' as a general
idea without getting into any theories at all is ok.
We've been using Trask, R.L. (1995) Language: the Basics. We like the
Trask book. But we've been using it for five years and now we have to
get another book. HELP!
Reply to me personally a
and I'll summarise for the list if there's enough interest.
Deborah D.K. Ruuskanen
Prof. of English Linguistics, University of Vaasa, Finland

LL Issue: 12.2366
Date posted: 24-Sep-2001


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