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Thinking Linguistically: A Scientific Approach to Language

Thinking Linguistically: A Scientific Approach to Language

Maya Honda, Wayne O'Neil

ISBN: 978-1-405-10832-4

Nov 2007

264 pages

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$51.95

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Thinking Linguistically is a unique and clearly written introduction to the nature of linguistic analysis and issues in language acquisition. The book is for undergraduate and graduate students in linguistics, education, and psychology.

Through twenty problem sets, based in languages not only from the Americas but from other continents as well, Thinking Linguistically:

• Initiates students to the linguists’ way of observing and analyzing data by making the methods and the process of inquiry visible and accessible.
• Engages students in analyzing the breadth and depth of two phenomena in a variety of languages—the expression of noun phrase plurality and the formation of questions.
• Integrates analysis of these phenomena with results from first and second language acquisition research.
• Emphasizes the interface between phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
• Exemplifies how linguistic analysis can be used for the teaching of critical thinking, problem solving, and the nature of scientific inquiry in general.
• Is ideal for future language teachers for understanding acquisition and linguistic phenomena

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Preface.

Typographical Conventions.

An Introduction to Thinking Linguistically.

Problem Set 1. Plural Noun Formation in Armenian.

Part I: Noun Pluralization, or How to Talk About More than Two Dogs in Kiowa.

1. Noun Pluralization: An Introduction.

Problem Set 2. Plural Noun Formation in English.

2. Noun Pluralization: The Role of Phonology.

Problem Set 2, Revisited: Plural Noun Formation in English.

3. Noun Pluralization: Morphology Meets Phonology.

Problem Set 3. Regular-Irregular Noun Plurals in English.

Problems Set 4. Past Tense Formation in Englsih.

Problem Set 5. Plural Noun Formation in Spanish.

Problem Set 6. Plural Noun Formation in Brazilian Portuguese.

4. The Acquisition of Morphophonology.

5. Noun Pluralization: Morphology Meets Syntax and Meaning.

Problem Set 7. Plural Noun Formation in Nicaraguan English.

6. Noun Pluralization: The Interaction of Linguistic Features.

Problem Set 8. Plural Noun Formation in Mandarin Chinese.

Problem Set 9. Plural Noun Formation in Cherokee.

7. Noun Pluralization: A Summary.

Part II: Question Formation, or How to Find Out Whether the Cat Is Sleeping in Tohono O'odham.

8. Merge.

Problem Set 10. Merging, Transforming, and Converging.

9. An Introduction to the Syntax of Question Formation.

Problem Set 11. WH-Question Formation in Mandarin Chinese.

10. Syntactic Movement and Question Formation.

Problem Set 12. Yes/No Question Formation in Tohono O'odham.

Problem Set 13. WH-Question Formation in English.

Problem Set 14. WH-Question Formation in Brazilian Portuguese.

11. Question Formation: A Summary.

Problem Set 15. WH-Question Formation in Tohono O'odham.

12. Acquisition of WH-Question Formation.

Problem Set 16. Indonesian Speakers' Acquisition of English WH-Question Formation.

Part III: Constraints, or Why You Can't Say Wanna Whenever You Wanna.

13. Syntactic Constraints on Contraction in English.

Problem Set 17. The Syntax of Wanna-Contraction in English.

Problem Set 18. The Syntax of Is-Contraction in English.

14. Contraction in English: Its Acquisition and Related Topics.

Part IV: Meaning, and -- Finally -- about Counting Dogs in Kiowa.

15. Meaning: An Introduction.

16. Beyond Pluralization: Inversion and Noun Modification in Kiowa.

Problem Set 19. So How Do Kiowas Talk About More Than Two Dogs?.

17. Argument Structure: The Conceptual System of Language.

Problem Set 20. Theta-Roles in Prepositions in English.

On Thinking Linguistically: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

References.

Index.

"If you are a veteran linguist or linguistics teacher, this book will propel you back to what first captivated you about linguistic inquiry. If you are new to the field, this textbook is a delightful laboratory manual for thinking linguistically." (The Modern Language Journal, autumn 2010)
• Initiates students to the linguists’ way of observing and analyzing data by making the methods and the process of inquiry visible and accessible.
• Engages students in analyzing the breadth and depth of two phenomena in a variety of languages—the expression of noun phrase plurality and the formation of questions.
• Integrates analysis of these phenomena with results from first and second language acquisition research.
• Emphasizes the interface between phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.
• Exemplifies how linguistic analysis can be used for the teaching of critical thinking, problem solving, and the nature of scientific inquiry in general.
• Is ideal for future language teachers for understanding acquisition and linguistic phenomena