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Preface 1. The origins of language 2. The development of writing 3. The properties of language 4. Animals and human language 5. The sounds of language 6. The sound patterns of language 7. Words and word-formation processes 8. Morphology 9. Phrases and sentences: grammar 10. Syntax 11. Semantics 12. Pragmatics 13. Discourse analysis 14. Language and machines 15. Language and the brain 16. First language acquisition 17. Second language acquisition/learning 18. Sign language 19. Language history and change 20. Language varieties 21. Language, society and culture Appendix: suggested answers to study questions References Index.