First published in Great Britain in 1935, this Routledge Revival reissues one of the most influential works ever published in the field of linguistics. Leonard Bloomfield's Language is both a masterpiece of textbook writing and a classic of academic scholarship, which examines the fundamentals of language and linguistics in a clear, precise manner. Intended as an introduction to the field of linguistics, for both the general reader and for students of linguistics, this detailed study covers a breadth of topics, ranging from: world languages, phonetic structure and syntax, through to morphology, semantics and dialectics.
Table of Contents
1. The Study of Language 2. The Use of Language 3. Speech-communities 4. The Languages of the World 5. The Phoneme 6. Types of Phonemes 7. Modifications 8. Phonetic Structure 9. Meaning 10. Grammatical Forms 11. Sentence-Types 12. Syntax 13. Morphology 14. Morphologic Types 15. Substitution 16. Form-classes and Lexicon 17. Written Records 18. The Comparative Method 19. Dialect Geography 20. Phonetic Change 21. Types of Phonetic Change 22. Fluctuation in the frequency of forms 23. Analogic Change 24. Semantic Change 25. Cultural Borrowing 26. Intimate Borrowing 27. Dialect Borrowing 28. Applications and Outlook