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Little Book of Language

ISBN-10: 0300170823
ISBN-13: 9780300170825
Edition: 2011
Authors: David Crystal
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Description: With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/26/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924

With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling. From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging,A Little Book of Languageranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks. In animated fashion, Crystal sheds light on the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents, and the search for the first written word. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, as well as successful cases of linguistic revitalization. Much more than a history, Crystal's work looks forward to the future of language, exploring the effect of technology on our day-to-day reading, writing, and speech. Through enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, as well as Crystal's avuncular and entertaining style,A Little Book of Languagewill reveal the story of language to be a captivating tale for all ages.

Baby-Talk
From Cries to Words
Learning How to Understand
Making Vibrations
Pronouncing Sounds
Discovering Grammar
Having a Conversation
Learning to Read and Write
Getting to Grips with Spelling
Spelling Rules and Variations
Grammar Rules and Variations
Accents and Dialects
Being Bilingual
The Languages of the World
The Origins of Speech
The Origins of Writing
Modern Writing
Sign Language
Comparing Languages
Dying Languages
Language Change
Language Variation
Language at Work
Slang
Dictionaries
Etymology
Place Names
Personal Names
The Electronic Revolution
Texting
Language at Play
Why use Language?
Language for Feelings
Political Correctness
Language in Literature
Developing a Style
The Complexity of Language
Linguistics
Applied Linguistics
Your Language World
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