- Provides a step-by-step tour through language acquisition, production, and comprehension, from the word level to sentences and dialogue
- Incorporates both theory and data, including in-depth descriptions of the experimental evidence behind theories
- Incorporates a comprehensive review of research in bilingual language processing, sign language, reading, and the neurological basis of language production and comprehension
- Approaches the subject from a range of perspectives, including psychology, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, neurology, and neurophysiology
- Includes a full program of resources for instructors and students, including review exercises, a test bank, and lecture slides, available online at www.wiley.com/go/traxler
ZB 2000: Formal Specification and Development in Z and B: First International Conference of B and Z Users York, UK, August 29 - September 2, 2000 Proceedings
The 25 revised full papers presented together with four invited contributions were carefully reviewed and selected for inclusion in the book. The book documents the recent advances for the Z formal specification notion and for the B method; the full scope, ranging from foundational and theoretical issues to advanced applications, tools, and case studies, is covered.
- Written by one of the most senior figures in linguistics.
- Features fascinating topics ranging from language death to sign language.
- Includes an introduction to the current vision of linguistics most closely associated with Noam Chomsky.
- Contains a glossary of all technical terms and interpretations.
- Presents a thorough and practical description of current sociolinguistic methodology.
- Considers a range of issues including speaker selection, data collection, social considerations, phonological and syntactical variation, style-shifting and code-switching.
- Recognizes that methodological decisions can never be separated from questions of theory.
- Stresses the need for the entire research process from the initial design of the project to the interpretation of results to be grounded in theoretically defensible positions.
- Shows how the research paradigm established by a few influential pioneers has been fruitfully expanded by exciting new trends.
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