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The Handbook of Linguistics, 2nd Edition

Mark Aronoff (Editor), Janie Rees-Miller (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8676-6
712 pages
May 2017, Wiley-Blackwell
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"The first edition of this Handbook is built on surveys by well-known figures from around the world and around the intellectual world, reflecting several different theoretical predilections, balancing coverage of enduring questions and important recent work. Those strengths are now enhanced by adding new chapters and thoroughly revising almost all other chapters, partly to reflect ways in which the field has changed in the intervening twenty years, in some places radically. The result is a magnificent volume that can be used for many purposes."

David W. Lightfoot, Georgetown University

"The Handbook of Linguistics, Second edition is a stupendous achievement. Aronoff and Rees-Miller have provided overviews of 29 subfields of linguistics, each written by one of the leading researchers in that subfield and each impressively crafted in both style and content. I know of no finer resource for anyone who would wish to be better informed on recent developments in linguistics."

Frederick J. Newmeyer, University of Washington, U of British Columbia and Simon Fraser U

"Linguists, their students, colleagues, family, and friends: anyone interested in the latest findings from a wide array of linguistic subfields will welcome this second updated and expanded edition of The Handbook of Linguistics. Leading scholars provide highly accessible yet substantive introductions to their fields: it's an even more valuable resource than its predecessor."

Sally McConnell-Ginet, Cornell University

"No handbook or text offers a more comprehensive, contemporary overview of the field of linguistics in the twenty-first century. New and thoroughly updated chapters by prominent scholars on each topic and subfield make this a unique, landmark publication."

Walt Wolfram, North Carolina State University

This second edition of The Handbook of Linguistics provides an updated and timely overview of the field of linguistics. The editor's broad definition of the field ensures that the book may be read by those seeking a comprehensive introduction to the subject, but with little or no prior knowledge of the area.

Building on the popular first edition, The Handbook of Linguistics, Second Edition features new and revised content reflecting advances within the discipline. New chapters expand the already broad coverage of the Handbook to address and take account of key changes within the field in the intervening years. It explores: psycholinguistics, linguistic anthropology and ethnolinguistics, sociolinguistic theory, language variation and second language pedagogy. With contributions from a global team of leading linguists, this comprehensive and accessible volume is the ideal resource for those engaged in study and work within the dynamic field of linguistics.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Preface to the Second Edition

Preface to the First Edition

List of Abbreviations

PART I: Starting Points

1. Origins of Language 
Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy

2. Languages of the World
Bernard Comrie

3. Typology and Universals
William Croft

4. Field Linguistics: Gathering Language Data from Native Speakers
Pamela Munro

5. Writing Systems
Peter T. Daniels

PART II: Theoretical Bases

6. The History of Linguistics: Approaches to Linguistics
Lyle Campbell

7. Generative Grammar: Rule Systems for Describing Sentence Structure
Thomas Wasow

8. Functional Linguistics: Communicative Functions and Language Structure
Robert D. Van Valin, Jr.

PART III: Core Fields

9. Linguistic Phonetics: The Sounds of Languages
John Laver

10. Phonology: Sound Structure
Abigail C. Cohn

11. Morphology
Andrew Spencer

12. The Lexicon
D. A. Cruse

13. Syntax
Mark C. Baker

14. Formal Semantics
Shalom Lappin

15. Historical Linguistics: Language Change Over Time
Brian D. Joseph

PART IV: Languages and the Mind

16. Neurolinguistics
David Caplan

17. Psycholinguistics
Kiel Christianson

18. Sign Languages
Wendy Sandler and Diane Lillo-Martin

19. First Language Acquisition
Brian MacWhinney

PART V: Languages in Use

20. Pragmatics: Language and Communication
Ruth Kempson

21. Discourse Analysis
Agnes Weiyun He

22. Linguistics and Literature
Nigel Fabb

23. Linguistic Anthropology and Ethnolinguistics
Steven P. Black and Elizabeth A. Falconi

24. Sociolinguistic Theory: Systematic Study of the Social Uses of Language
J. K. Chambers

25. Language Variation: Sociolinguistic Variationist Analysis
Kirk Hazen

26. Multilingualism
Suzanne Romaine

27. Second Language Acquisition: One Person with Two Languages
Vivian Cook

PART VI: Applications of Linguistics

28. Second Language Pedagogy: Where Theory Meets Practice
Janie Rees-Miller

29. Educational Linguistics
James Paul Gee

30. Linguistics and Reading
Rebecca Treiman

31. Language and the Law
Roger W. Shuy

32. Translation
Christoph Gutknecht

33. Language Planning and Policy
Kathryn D. Stemper and Kendall A. King


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Author Information

Mark Aronoff is Distinguished Professor of Linguistics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA. His research touches on almost all aspects of morphology and its relation to other aspects of language. He is a member of a team studying a newly-created sign language, Al-Sayyid Bedouin Sign Language, and he has served as Editor of Language, the Journal of the Linguistic Society of America, and as President of the Society. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Janie Rees-Miller holds the William R. and Marie Adamson Flesher Chair in the Humanities. She established the ESL Program at Marietta College, USA and has served as its director for over 20 years. She has also taught linguistics courses for undergraduates and acted as an editor with Mark Aronoff of Contemporary Linguistics (2009), now in its seventh edition. Her research interests include second language pedagogy, pragmatics, Native American languages, and making linguistics accessible to non-linguists.

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