- Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
- Verlag: Icon Books; Auflage: 2 Rev ed. (15. Oktober 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1848310889
- ISBN-13: 978-1848310889
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,3 x 1,2 x 17 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 186.728 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Introducing Linguistics: A Graphic Guide (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 15. Oktober 2005
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Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
One of the most celebrated linguists of his time, R. L. Trask was a brilliant lecturer and the author of many popular works, including "The Penguin Guide to Punctuation" and "The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar". Born in New York State in 1944, he lived in England after 1970, and was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex until his death in 2004.
Mayblin trained as a graphic designer at the Royal College of Art in London. He is the senior partner in the London-based design practice, Information Design Workshop.
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What I find is that these books in general, and this title specifically, prepares your for deeper reading by giving you the gist of things, and thus allows you to engage other texts with greater sustain and keener acumen. There are other series of course, Cambridge has their wonderful, if frequently denser, Companion series, and Paul Strathern has made his career giving a similar gist in 90 minutes. I would say that the people at Totem have hit the so-called sweet spot with these though. Strathern is too often concerned with biographical detail for my tastes, and spends less time with the ideas themselves (though of course the life of a thinker is important to understanding them. Cambridge has wonderful guides, but even these may be a tad much for someone merely seeking to dip their toe in and take a look around. This is why I recommend this series.
The graphic approach hopefully renders these concepts more accessible to a wider audience, and can indeed make what are often thought of as dull subjects, quite entertaining.
It works as an overview of the topic and a launch pad to further reading.
The reason why I gave 4 stars is the illustrations, I thought that they were of mediocre quality and didn't add much to the content.