Seventh Edition   ©2017

Contemporary Linguistics

An Introduction

William O'Grady , John Archibald (University of Calgary) , Mark Aronoff (State University of New York) , Janie Rees-Miller

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-03977-4; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-03977-6; Format: Paper Text, 592 pages

  • Streamlined and restructured format: Thirteen core chapters remain in the book to help students and professors focus on the essential course material while five supplemental chapters continue to be featured online in Launchpad Solo for Contemporary Linguistics. Additionally, Chapter 8 (Historical Linguistics) has been streamlined to retain the wealth of information offered within a more accessible and student-friendly context

  • Revised Chapter 2 (Phonetics): More in-depth detail on the sound-producing system and glottal states and a new appendix on dialectal variation in the pronunciation of American vowels help students transcribe their own speech more accurately.

  • Revised Chapter 3 (Phonology): This entirely revamped chapter more clearly explains key concepts such as phonemes and allophones and complementary distribution; reframes the treatment of syllable structure to introduce concepts of sonority and universal constraints; and provides new and revised problems so that instructions are more explicit and scaffolded.

  • Updated content: Select chapters have been updated to include the most recent scholarship including:
    • Chapter 10 (Second Language Acquisition) features recent work in motivation, Focus on Form, and education in the bilingual environment.
    • Chapter 13 (Language in Social Context) incorporates the latest research on grammatical diversity, language change, and gender problems. The chapter has also been thoroughly revised to include a mix of fieldwork problems and linguistic problems in dialects, creoles, and code-switching.

    • Revised Chapter 4 (Morphology): Features a number of new problems that increase the variety of languages and morphological phenomena.

    • Revised Chapter 5 (Syntax): Includes new coverage on relative clauses and VP internal subjects as well as abbreviated tree structures without X' when there is no specifier or complement. The chapter has also replaced IP with TP. 
    • Study Guide: The new edition’s study guide has been revised and updated to reflect changes in the textbook
    • LaunchPad Solo for Contemporary Linguistics greatly expands your options for active learning and assessment. *Online exercises, problems, and quizzes for every chapter give students plenty of practice in an interactive environment. An audio chart of IPA vowels and consonants allows students to click the symbol and hear it pronounced. For students who need it, there is a review of core topics and for advanced students there are more challenging materials. Four extra online chapters include “Indigenous Languages of North America,” “Sign Languages,” “Animal Communication,” and“Computational Linguistics.”