How Language Works How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die

ISBN-10: 158333291X
ISBN-13: 9781583332917
Edition: 2007
Authors: David Crystal
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 512
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

In the authors own words, How Language Works is not about music, cookery, or sex. But it is about how we talk about music, cookery, and sexor, indeed, anything at all. Language is so fundamental to everyday life that we take it for granted. But as David Crystal makes clear in this work of unprecedented scope, language is an extremely powerful tool that defines the human species. Crystal offers general readers a personal tour of the intricate workings of language. He moves effortlessly from big subjects like the origins of languages, how children learn to speak, and how conversation works to subtle but revealing points such as how email differs from both speech and writing in important ways, how language reveals a persons social status, and how we decide whether a word is rude or polite. Broad and deep, but with a light and witty touch, How Language Works is the ultimate laymans guide to how we communicate with one another.

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