How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction (Paperback)

A Linguistic Introduction

By Anne Curzan, Michael Adams

Pearson Longman, 9780205605507, 578pp.

Publication Date: July 1, 2008



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. The second edition provides updated examples of language change-including new slang and other word coinages, grammatical developments, and sound changes-as well as new research findings on American dialects, language acquisition, language evolution, eggcorns, English and the Internet, and much more.

About the Author

Anne Curzan is Associate Professor of English at the University of Michigan, where she also holds an appointment in the Department of Linguistics and School of Education. In 2007, she received an Arthur F. Thurnau Professorship for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. She is the author of "Gender Shifts in the History of English" (Cambridge UP, 2003) and co-author of "First Day to Final Grade: A Graduate Student's Guide to Teaching" (U of Michigan P, 2006). She currently serves as co-editor of the "Journal of English Linguistics." Michael Adams teaches English language and literature at Indiana University, Bloomington. For fifteen years, he taught at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania, where he also served as chair of the Department of English and associate academic dean; he has been a visiting professor at Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of Iceland. He is the author of "Slayer Slang: A" Buffy the Vampire Slayer "Lexicon" (Oxford UP, 2003) and "Slang: The People's Poetry" (Oxford UP, 2009), as well as contributing editor to "Word Histories and Mysteries: Abracadabra to Zeus" (Houghton Mifflin, 2004). He was editor of "Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America" for several years; currently, he is editor of the quarterly journal "American Speech."