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Linguistics: Facets and Issues (In 4 Volumes)

Kewal Krishan Sharma (Author)
Synopsis If you are just starting your studies in linguistics, the first piece of advice I have seem rather odd. It is this: beware of all books on linguistics. And that includes the one you are now reading. A healthy scepticism is not a bed thing. Most books on linguistics raise expectation of understanding which they cannot fulfil. This is not entirely their fault, of course. There is an undeniable technical and theoretical base to the subject, and negotiating through this whilst still remaining reasonably coherent is not easy. But in spite of all the technical terminology, linguistics is not a science. It is a pity that the subject doesn’t have a different name. We tend to think of disciplines ending in ‘ics’, statistics, mathematics, physics, as having a precise scientific core consisting of unchallengeable facts. Linguistics is not like that. Neither, of course, strictly speaking, are mathematics, statistics or physics. Indeed, many scientists, nowadays, would question this view of science. Nevertheless, it’s important to bear in mind that the subject matter of linguistics, language, is made up. Words do not grow out of the ground they have-not evolved like matter from the interaction of natural elements. And whilst there is much to suggest that the structures and processes which enable language to develop are inborn, there is still a very important sense in which language is human-made. It is our possession in a way that nothing else is, and the process of making up, or inventing, never stops.
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About the author

Kewal Krishan Sharma

Kewal Krishan Sharma teaches in America in Texas State. He passed M.A. in English and Psychology from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He was appointed as a research official in the National Council of Educational Research and Training. Therefrom he went to England to teach in a college. Later, he shifted to America. He has conducted many research projects in English language teaching. He has many books to his credit.

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Title Linguistics: Facets and Issues (In 4 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher Book Enclave
Language: English
isbn 8187036877
length viii+286, viii+375, viii+240, viii+245; Figures; Tables; 22cm