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Paperback | $125.00 X | £104.95 | 608 pp. | 7 x 9 in | 79 b&w illus. | June 2017 | ISBN: 9780262533263
eBook | $125.00 X | June 2017 | ISBN: 9780262342070
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Linguistics, Seventh Edition

An Introduction to Language and Communication


This popular introductory linguistics text is unique for its integration of themes. Rather than treat morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics as completely separate fields, the book shows how they interact. The authors provide a sound introduction to linguistic methodology, focusing on a set of linguistic concepts that are among the most fundamental within the field. By studying the topics in detail, students can get a feeling for how work in different areas of linguistics is done.

As in the last edition, part I covers the structural and interpretive parts of language—morphology, phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, variation, and change. Part II covers use and context of language and includes chapters on pragmatics, psychology of language, language acquisition, and language and the brain. This seventh edition has been extensively revised and updated; new material includes a chapter on computational linguistics, more non-English examples, and a wide range of exercises, quizzes, and special topics.

With this edition, Linguistics and content formerly included in A Linguistics Workbook are available as an interactive online textbook. New print copies of this book include a card affixed to the inside back cover with a unique access code for the interactive eTextbook.  If you have a used copy of this book, you may purchase a digitally-delivered access code separately via the Interactive eTextbook link at If you purchased an e-book, you may obtain a unique access code by emailing or calling 617-253-2889 or 800-207-8354 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada).
eCourses, with homework and assessment tools, are available to instructors via the Interactive eTextbook link at, and may be used on their own or integrated with learning management systems.

About the Authors

The late Adrian Akmajian was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

Ann K. Farmer, PhD, is an Information Engineer at Google.

Lee Bickmore is is Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Director of the Program in Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Richard A. Demers is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona.

The late Robert M. Harnish was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Arizona.


“There’s a good reason why this Introduction has been the standard for decades: it’s consistently inviting, informative, and intelligent. This edition, attuned to the twenty-first century, is the best one yet.”
Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of The Language Instinct and The Sense of Style