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How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction (3rd Edition)
A major introductory language/linguistics textbook written specifically for English and Education majors, this book is an engaging introduction to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics.
This accessible text provides more extensive coverage of issues of particular interest to English and Education majors. Tapping into our natural curiosity about language, it invites all students to connect academic linguistics to everyday use of the English language and to become active participants in the construction of linguistic knowledge.
On the cover of this book, you’ll find many questions that you may have asked and wondered about the answers. How English Works addresses those questions while it introduces you to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics. As an English or Education major, or as a student taking the course because the study of linguistics is of interest, you will connect academic linguistics to the everyday use of the English language around you. The English language is always changing, which leads to new insights about how language, and the English language specifically, works. The authors revised this textbook to keep up both with linguistic scholarship and with the language itself.
New to This Edition:
New and updated material on electronically-mediated communication such as texting and the etiquette of instant messaging.
A major new section on literature and linguistics with tools for reading and analyzing literary works in relation to speech acts.
A new explanation of where (some) contractions, like I’ll, fit into English word formation4
An improved section on “what makes good writing.”
All recent publications by Anne Curzan
All publications by Anne Curzan
How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction, with Michael Adams (Pearson Longman, 3rd ed., 2012); First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching, with Lisa Damour (University of Michigan Press, 3rd ed., 2011); Contours of English and English Language Studies (an edited volume; University of Michigan Press, 2011); Studies in the History of the English Language II: Unfolding Conversations (an edited volume; Mouton de Gruyter, 2004); Gender Shifts in the History of English (Cambridge University Press, 2003); "Says Who? Teaching and Questioning the Rules of Grammar," PMLA (2009); "Corpus-based Approaches to the History of English," The Blackwell Companion to the History of the English Language (2008); "Corpus Linguistics and Historical Linguistics: Evidence of Language Change," The Handbook of Corpus Linguistics (Mouton de Gruyter, 2008); "The Importance of Historical Corpora, Reliability, and Reading," with Chris C. Palmer, Corpus-Based Studies in Diachronic English (Peter Lang, 2006); "Spelling Stories: A Way to Teach the History of English" & "Opening Dictionaries to Investigation," Language in the Schools (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005); "Addressing Ideologies arouind African American English," with Alicia Beckford Wassink, Journal of English Linguistics 32.3 (2004); "The Politics of Teaching Standard English," Journal of English Linguistics 30.4 (2002); "The End of Modern English?" American Speech 75.3 (2000); "Lexicography and Questions of Authority in the College Classroom," Dictionaries 2 (2000);"Historical Corpora in the Classroom," Journal of English Linguistics 28.1 (2000); "The Compass of the Vocabulary," Lexicography and the OED: Pioneers in the Untrodden Forest, (Oxford UP, 1999); "Gender Categories in Early English Grammars: Their Message to the Modern Grammarian," Gender in Grammar and Cognition, (Mouton de Gruyter, 1999); "Third-Person Pronouns in The Peterborough Chronicle," Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 97.3 (1996).