English Words is a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the study of English words from a theoretically informed linguistic perspective, aimed at students with little or no background in linguistics. It introduces the technical study of words from relevant areas of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics and psycholinguistics. Each section covers basic introductory material to give students the tools they will need to investigate the structure of the English vocabulary. English Words: A Linguistic Introduction gives students a command of the basic theory in each area, skill in analyzing and understanding English words, and the foundation needed for more advanced study in linguistic theory or lexicology.
Heidi Harley is Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She specializes in lexical semantics and morphology, and has published in a wide variety of books and journals, including