"I have been using Pyles and Algeo for the last several years
primarily because of its coverage of sound in Chapter 2, its
coverage of semantics in Chapter 10, and its coverage of derivation
in Chapter 11. I like that the book covers some of the basics of
linguistics in addition to all the usual historical material."
"The book presents difficult material clearly and logically. The narrative sections are clear, and when needed, they are followed by good examples... It's an excellent book, and I'm completely satisfied with its pedagogy."