(Original post by Anatheme)
So that'd be like my using the wrong "H" or "S" or "D" sounds in Arabic, basically?
Yeah, precisely like that. Of course, as you say, more experienced speakers would probably get over these difficulties, at least to an extent.
(Original post by EWS)
Thanks, that's encouraging. Were there any Norwegians on your course? From what I've heard there are hardly anyone around, but maybe I am terribly mistaken.
No, not doing my course - all the Norwegian linguists I've met have been studying in Norway, but there do seem to be a lot of them.
(Original post by Canned Door)
Hey guys. I'm taking a paper in Comparative Romance this year in MML. The reading for it is very nice when it's talking about all the different languages, great. Liking this. Can understand it. Then it starts talking about Generativism, Grammatical Relations, Parameters & tother P, etc. and I have no idea about these. I'm sure we'll get some advice on this once the course starts, but do any of you have any advice on this? Like, could you recommend a book/online resource which explains what all these different approaches to linguistics are in a nice broad easy concise way
? I don't know how important this will turn out to be in the context of my paper, but I don't think I'll be able to/want to escape it completely!
Is your lecturer Adam Ledgeway? If so the grammatical aspects may be relatively advanced, but probably still less so than, say the first year linguistics structures and meanings module. Your best bet is probably an introduction to Chomskyan ideas, maybe
The Language Organ: Linguistics as Cognitive Psychology
by Stephen R. Anderson and David Lightfoot. Something like Stephen Pinker's The Language Instinct
would also introduce you to some of these concepts in a very readable way, but might be a bit too pop-sciencey.
(Original post by EWS)
Not sure it deals with all the topics you mentioned, but for the Chomsky stuff (P&P, etc.) I've enjoyed 'Chomsky's Universal Grammar' by V J Cook and M Newson. There are probably exhaustive book lists for each of your topics in their Wikipedia entries.
Cook and Newson is probably a bit too much the other way - while definitely introductory, it gets quite technical, and if generative grammar is only a part of your course, then you'll probably find it goes into more detail than you need. And I wouldn't trust Wikipedia for linguistics, it's notoriously dodgy at that. You might find the
on the Cambridge linguistics website more helpful - look at general linguistics, structures and meanings, and syntax if you're feeling brave.