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The Language Instinct

Steven Pinker offers a sometimes controversial, sometimes welcomed theory regarding the origin of language.  Noam Chomsky calls this "an extremely valuable book".  The unanimous review of this book: it is engaging!  It is an excellent introduction to linguistics for lay readers, and a thought-provoking work for linguists.  It was first published in 1994 but it hasn't lost its effectiveness.

Lexical Strata in English : Morphological Causes, Phonological Effects

Heinz Giegerich investigates the way in which alternations in the sound patterns of words interact with the processes of word-formation in the language. Drawing examples from English and German, he uncovers and spells out in detail the principles of 'lexical morphology and phonology', a theory that has in recent years become increasingly influential in linguistics. He queries many of the assumptions previously made in it to produce a formally coherent theory which moreover offers new accounts of some central phenomena in the phonology of English. 

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