Not a bad introduction to linguistics. It does a good job of outlining the main branches: how does language arise, why is the human brain so good at learning language, how do languages evolve and how are current languages related.

I generally like the graphic guide format. In this book, though, the format seemed to encourage more focus on personalities than one might like. But that’s a minor quibble. It serves its purpose: to introduce a complex subject in an easily digestible form.



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Metadata Info

  • Title: Introducing Linguistics: A Graphic Guide
  • Author: R.L. Trask
  • Published: 1996
  • ISBN: 1848310889
  • Buy: Amazon search
  • Check out: Seattle library
  • Rating: 4.0 stars