Date: Tue, 27 Sep 1994 09:21:59 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: intro linguistics texts In Message Mon, 26 Sep 1994 19:42:06 -0500, "Timothy C. Frazer" writes: >We need an intro text which is not written for beginning linguistics >majors, but for students who have no idea what the topic is, are not >intellectually adventurous, who need to see in every page what the topic >means in their lives. For sociolinguiistics, Elaine Chaika's text does >this better than any I have seen, but we need one which works as well in >a general intro to the discipline. This past year, I tried INVESTIGATING LANGUAGE: CENTRAL PROBLEMS IN LINGUISTICS by Ronald Wardaugh (1993) and was generally happy with it. It also has a useful glossary in the end. I complemented it with readings from LANGUAGE: INTRODUCTORY READINGS, 5th edition, ed. by Clark, Escholz, and Rosa (1994). The latter offers alternative but overlapping essays on several traditional topics of linguistics. Most of the essays are thought-provoking and current. Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861