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“Introduction to” seems to be much more common than “introduction into”, but is the latter an acceptable alternative? If it is, is there some difference in meaning, tone, or connotations? I was inclined into thinking that “into” suggests a deeper introduction, going deep inside the topic, but is it just me?

I mean specifically the use of “introduction” to mean an introductory presentation of a topic, such as in “Introduction to Linguistics”.

  • The phrases can mean entirely different things, not in degrees but in a radical way, depending on context. And no, introduction into is not further deeper than introduction to. See usage examples from literature. – Kris May 14 '14 at 5:57
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    This question is based on a misconception and lacks background effort. – Kris May 14 '14 at 5:58
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Introduction into is non-standard in Britain and (as far as I know) most of the US when used in a figurative sense (i.e. in the sense of making acquaintance with).

Of course, one can introduce one physical object into another, or an idea into a conversation or intellectual construct:

Jorge introduced the stick of the firework into the neck of the milk bottle.

Hegel introduced the notion of a dialectical process into philosophical discourse.

  • Yes, quite so. But You can also be given a short three-day introduction into the sex-life of fleas. And that is the usage I think the OP is getting at. – WS2 May 14 '14 at 7:45

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