An Introduction to Language continues to be instrumental in introducing students to the fascinating study of human language. Engaging and clearly written, it provides an overview of the key areas of linguistics from an Australian perspective. Chapters in this eighth edition have been extensively updated and revised to reflect recent discoveries and new understandings in linguistics and language. In particular, the chapter on syntax now provides a more basic introduction to parts of speech and sentence structure. New learning objectives and margin definitions in each chapter, along with summary tables inside the covers, assist readers to learn core concepts and terminology. This classic text is suitable for students in fields as diverse as linguistics, computer science, English, communication studies, anthropology, foreign language teaching and speech pathology.