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What Language Is And What It Isn't and What It Could Be

ISBN-10: 159240720X
ISBN-13: 9781592407200
Edition: N/A
Authors: John McWhorter
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Description: A love letter to languages, celebrating their curiosities and smashing assumptions about correct grammarAn eye-opening tour for all language lovers, What Language Is offers a fascinating new perspective on the way humans communicate. from vanishing  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

A love letter to languages, celebrating their curiosities and smashing assumptions about correct grammarAn eye-opening tour for all language lovers, What Language Is offers a fascinating new perspective on the way humans communicate. from vanishing languages spoken by a few hundred people to major tongues like Chinese, and with copious revelations about the hodgepodge nature of English, John McWhorter shows readers how to see and hear languages as a linguist does.Packed with big ideas about language alongside wonderful trivia, What Language Is explains how languages across the globe (the Queen's English and Suriname creoles alike) originate, evolve, multiply, and divide. Raising provocative questions about what qualifies as a language (so-called slang does have structured grammar), McWhorter takes readers on a marvelous journey through time and place—from Persia to the languages of Sri Lanka—to deliver a feast of facts about the wonders of human linguistic expression.

Introduction
Languages are Ingrown
Language is Dissheveled
Language is Intricate
Language is Oral
Language is Mixed
Epilogue: This View of Language
Notes on Sources
Acknowledgments
Index

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