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Linguistics

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Linguistics is the study of human language and its structure, meaning and context. In linguistics, structure means grammar, the collection of rules that govern the composition of words, phrases, sentences and sounds. Meaning refers to the interpretation of language and expression. Context refers to the origins, history and evolution of language, as well as its social implications and neurological processing. There are at least 5000 languages currently being spoken globally, and linguists have found that there are more similarities than differences among these languages. It has been proposed that all languages share universal principles, called Universal Grammar.

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  1. This series provides brief, clear introductions to the main disciplinary areas of language study. This book outlines second language acquisition, the study of the way in which people learn a language other than their mother tongue. It is designed to…
  2. Cognitive Linguistics argues that language is governed by general cognitive principles, rather than by a special-purpose language module. This introductory textbook surveys the field of cognitive linguistics as a distinct area of study, presenting…
  3. Beginning in the mid-fifties and emanating largely form MIT, and approach was developed to linguistic theory and to the study of the structure of particular languages that diverges in many respects from modern linguistics. Although this approach is…
  4. (from the preface) This book is organized in the following way. Part I opens with an introductory chapter, Chapter One, in which background assumptions are briefly sketched. In Chapter Two of Part I our major conclusions with respect to phonological…
  5. The spread of English as the international lingua franca (ELF), like other aspects of globalization, calls for a reconsideration of conventional ways of thinking. This book argues that ELF needs to be understood as an entirely natural use of…
  6. Generative Lexicon is a theory of linguistic semantics that focuses on the distributed nature of compositionality in natural language. Unlike purely verb-based approaches to compositionality, Generative Lexicon (GL) attempts to spread the semantic…
  7. VE-cadherin is an endothelial specific, transmembrane protein, that clusters at adherens junctions where it promotes homotypic cell-cell adhesion. VE-cadherin null mutation in the mouse results in early fetal lethality due to altered vascular…

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