Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech

Language An Introduction to the Study of Speech This little book aims to give a certain perspective on the subject of language rather than to assemble facts about it It has little to say of the ultimate psychological basis of speech and gives

  • Title: Language: An Introduction to the Study of Speech
  • Author: Edward Sapir
  • ISBN: 9781406820577
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1921 This little book aims to give a certain perspective on the subject of language rather than to assemble facts about it It has little to say of the ultimate psychological basis of speech and gives only enough of the actual descriptive or historical facts of particular languages to illustrate principles Its main purpose is to show what I conceive language to be, what1921 This little book aims to give a certain perspective on the subject of language rather than to assemble facts about it It has little to say of the ultimate psychological basis of speech and gives only enough of the actual descriptive or historical facts of particular languages to illustrate principles Its main purpose is to show what I conceive language to be, what is its variability in place and time, and what are its relations to other fundamental human interests the problem of thought, the nature of the historical process, race, culture, art Contents Language Define The Elements of Speech The Sounds of Language Form in Language Grammatical Processes Form in Language Grammatical Concepts Types of Linguistic Structure Language as a Historical Product Drift Language as a Historical Product Phonetic Law How Languages Influence Each Other Language, Race and Culture and Language and Literature.

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    1. I am watching John McWhorter’s Great Course on Linguistics, in which he recommends Sapir’s book as a general introduction to linguistics. After reading the book I thought that it was a good one to read before you start studying linguistics – it seems to cover a lot of the field, giving the reader a feel for the subject. But the books neglects to define some of the basic technical terms that a beginner needs, so that it also seems like a summary aimed at a scholar who has spent several year [...]

    2. I'd give it a higher rating, but the sections on phonetic law and its various classifications went over my head. However, the chapters that were more grounded in sociology and aesthetics were fantastic. Still, as a layman I found Sapir's writing very accessible despite the technical sections. I'm guessing some of this stuff is outdated, but it was definitely worth reading.

    3. It is rather easy to dismiss what E. Sapir started in the study of linguistics if we only understand this science in the aftermath of L. Bloomfield or N. Chomsky; however, Sapir's proposal for a new perspective on grammatical processes underlies every single typological and morpho–syntactical theory nowadays.

    4. I'm not giving this book a rating because I'm in no way qualified to judge it. It is a very technical book that will appeal to people who like to look at structures and formulas and find that a helpful way to look at the world. For me it was utterly exhausting, and I gave up fairly quickly.

    5. Deserves a lot of respect for being one of the pioneering works in the field of linguistics, but all the information it contains is available in much more readable works that have been published since. For linguistics majors only.

    6. This book may have been very good for what it is, but I had a lot of trouble getting through even the first chapter and ultimately didn't finish it. This book isn't really a "read for pleasure" type of book, or at least, it wasn't to me.

    7. This was a good book but not a great one. While the word is that this is a good primer to linguistics, I found it to be cumbersome where it most needed clarity. It was mercifully playful in some areas, though, reflecting on language as art.

    8. A fantastic short, deep plunge into the nature of language and speech. A wonderful intro to the field of linguistics.

    9. I not only read this book but also revised the translation. Its revision has a long history. It was my prof who translated it and asked me to revise it.

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