My primary textbook is Language, its Structure and Use, by Edward Finegan. I remember seeing these books around somewhere before - probably during my days at UCI. (Of course, I just checked the copyright on it, and it only dates back to 2003. However, it is a fifth edition, so the previous editions may have an earlier copyright. Not sure how that works. Anyway, five editions over the past ten years or so seems pretty reasonable.) It’s not as exciting a read as the Pinker book, but that’s to be expected. So far so good. I don’t have much else to say about it right now, bad or good. I’m going to read chapter three this weekend (on phonetics), then get started on the short essay assigned. I’ll probably knock that out this weekend too, unless I end up going out (doubtful because of the rain).