What Language Is And What It Isn't and What It Could Be
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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 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.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/7/2012
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
|Languages are Ingrown|
|Language is Dissheveled|
|Language is Intricate|
|Language is Oral|
|Language is Mixed|
|Epilogue: This View of Language|
|Notes on Sources|