A Little Book of Language

A Little Book of Language

Non-Fiction, Languages & Reference, English Language, Dictionaries & Reference, Linguistics & Language Studies
Paperback Published on: 15/04/2011
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Synopsis

Now in paperback, in the tradition of E. H. Gombrich's A Little History of the World, a lively journey through the story of languageWith 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 Language ranges 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 Language will reveal the story of language to be a captivating tale for all ages.

  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 9780300170825
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Weight: 318g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm

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A Little Book of Language
Fascinating
A very readable book with short comprehensive chapters, aimed at children as well as adults. A good read for anyone interested in languages - everything fr... READ MORE
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