How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction

How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction

Anne Curzan Michael Adams / Apr 25, 2019

How English Works A Linguistic Introduction This accessible introduction to the structure of English general theories in linguistics and important issues in sociolinguistics is the first text written specifically for English and Education ma

  • Title: How English Works: A Linguistic Introduction
  • Author: Anne Curzan Michael Adams
  • ISBN: 9780321121882
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Paperback
  • This accessible introduction to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics, is the first text written specifically for English and Education majors This engaging introductory language linguistics textbook provides extensive coverage of issues of particular interest to English majors and future English instructoThis accessible introduction to the structure of English, general theories in linguistics, and important issues in sociolinguistics, is the first text written specifically for English and Education majors This engaging introductory language linguistics textbook provides extensive coverage of issues of particular interest to English majors and future English instructors It invites all students to connect academic linguistics to the everyday use of the English language around them The book s approach taps students natural curiosity about the English language Through exercises and discussion questions about ongoing changes in English, How English Works asks students to become active participants in the construction of linguistic knowledge.

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    1. I read this book as a text for my "Linguistics for Teachers" class that I took at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) during the summer of 2011. Unsatisfied with my full time job and unable to find a new one, I thought perhaps I'd take some classes in Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL). As an undergraduate, I earned a certificate to teach high school English and psychology as well as junior high school language arts and social sciences; I [...]


    2. Since this book is over 10 years old, it really needs an updated version. I did not like this book. First of all, it was not interesting. The only interesting parts were the boxes put off to the side which had tidbits about language. The rest of the book is bulky. The chapters are long and tiresome, and I didn't know someone could talk about so much for so long. If you have to read this book for a class like I did BEWARE. However, if you're having trouble sleeping definitely read this before bed [...]


    3. Overall I think this is a good textbook. It had lots of good information, but I doubt the authors realize they have a bias. It's amazing how relativism has worked it's way even into what I thought was going to be a book about grammar and language structure. But maybe that reveals my bias. Grammar and a discussion of the structure and history of the English language were certainly included in the book, but I'm tired of directly and indirectly being told to "check your privilege." I have no more c [...]


    4. First chapter was so well written. The rest of the book is just technical, boring and not worth anyone's time. Well, the intros to each chapter are interesting. If I just read those, I might enjoy reading about linguistics otherwise, this book infuriated me. The more I read, the less valuable I thought the topic was, which I don't think was the point of me reading it for class.


    5. To be honest, I did not really like having to read this book for one of my classes. The class was not my favorite class. But overall, the book did a fairly good job of explaining things. I feel like it could have explained things a little bit better for those of us who aren't linguistics majors, but it was fairly good. But definitely not something that I will probably ever read again!



    6. The other day I got caught out in the pouring rain and after 500 other horrible things happened on the way to my class that uses this book, I decided going to class was futile. Then I was assigned to do a bunch of morpheme trees for homework. So I merrily open this book to learn how to do morpheme trees, since I missed my lecture, only to find out the book does not tell you. It gives you one example, which has about 1/4th of the possible prefixes/suffixes one may encounter while making morpheme [...]


    7. I enjoy reading this textbook because it's not pretentious as other textbooks seem to be. I'm only finishing up the second chapter right now, but I have to say I think Curzan wrote this in order to inform students "how English works." She informs her readers that the majority of English speakers break the grammatical rules, and because it's all arbitrary, there really is nothing wrong with them, but as a society, we tend to look down on those who don't follow standard English. But she also expla [...]


    8. This book elucidated some linguistic concepts I only vaguely understood before reading it. Morphemes, lexemes, phonemes, semantics etc, were all laid bare in my cognition thanks to Curzan's expert skill at description and analysis. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to gain greater mastery of the English language. While performing textual analysis, I feel an expanded pallet (especially regarding language mechanics) has been given to me as a result of having read this book.


    9. This was an engaging and understandable text book, but it was still a text book. As a linguistics major taking a required basic linguistics course for a graduate program I felt this was a comprehensive intro text. My favorite part of the book was the insets with interesting information about scholars, or fun linguistic tidbits.


    10. From the "ask" to "aks" controversy, to the disdain of Southern drawl, to the internet neologisms, almost everything you believe about English is WRONG. This book was an eyeopener in college, and it's still great now. Grammar Nazis beware: your superiority will be challenged.


    11. This is a textbook for one of my Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse graduate classes (sociolinguistics). It was actually really well-written and pretty accessible and of course, extremely informative! I might buy this one day


    12. A veteran English teacher of about 30 years found this useful, thus I have increased the rating. I did not give it four stars because it is simply not "exciting", but is useful, thus 3 stars.





    13. It was an okay book. Starting to get dated. I had to use it for a class. That's all I can really say about it. Meh.


    14. A fascinating dip into the study of linguistics. I read this for a class and only rented the text. I wish now I had purchased it.



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