A Concise Introduction to Linguistics by Bruce M. Rowe

By Bruce M. Rowe

Provides a linguistic beginning for college kids of all majors

Assisted through a number of pedagogical aids, A Concise advent to Linguistics, 4/e explains all strategies in a scientific manner making complicated linguistic issues as effortless to profit as attainable. This introductory name covers the middle themes of linguistics, offering the data and ideas that would let scholars to appreciate extra precise and complex remedies of linguistics. This student-friendly and well-balanced evaluate of the sphere of introductory linguistics will pay distinctive cognizance to linguistic anthropology and divulges the most contributions of linguistics to the research of human verbal exchange and the way problems with tradition are correct. Its workbook layout includes well-constructed workouts in each bankruptcy that let scholars to perform key concepts.


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The soft palate (velum) is the back, fleshy section of the roof of the mouth that is movable and closes off the nasal cavity during swallowing. For some animals, evolution has resulted in specific organs that function only for communication. For instance, among the primates the siamang (Hylobates syndactylus), a small-bodied ape from Asia, has an air sac under the chin; the air sac inflates during vocalization and is probably used to magnify the animal’s howls. A male ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), a primate from Madagascar, possesses a specialized gland on his forearm, which is used to rub scent on tree branches to mark his territory.

28 C H A P T E R 1 ▸ Introduction: The Nature of Communication 14. What is the Clever Hans effect? 15. Apes can learn language. Do you think this statement is correct? Construct a chart showing the pros and cons of this statement. CHAPTER 2 The Phonological Component: Phonetics LEARNING OBJECTIVES í Name and explain what parts of the respiratory and digestive systems double as speech organs. í Discuss the ways that consonants and vowels differ from each other. í Describe how one consonant is differentiated from another consonant.

8. A person’s internalized knowledge of a language’s grammar and lexicon is called . 9. The way we actually speak is called our 10. Language resides in the . 11. The three ways in which humans can communicate linguistically are , , and . or 12. Language is not dependent on . 13. Nonverbal communication appears to be like a “dance” that includes spatial arrangement, physical appearance, facial expressions, and touching behavior, which appear to be coordinated. This “dance” involves . 14. ” This statement is , 15.

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