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

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Publisher Comments:

Steven Pinker meets Bill Bryson in this landmark exploration of language.

In the author's own words, "How Language Works is not about music, cookery, or sex. But it is about how we talk about music, cookery, and sex-or, 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 person's 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 layman's guide to how we communicate with one another.

Synopsis:

Crystal offers general readers a personal tour of the intricate workings of language in this work of unprecedented scope. He discusses the power of language by looking at its origins, exploring how children learn to speak, and revealing how conversation works.

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“[Crystal] succeeds again and again with clarity, wit, and enthusiasm. . . . Time and again a point is made and illustrated with a fact or anecdote that perfectly drives it home. . . . It is a marvelous ride”

The New York Times

Product Details

ISBN:
9781583332917
Author:
Crystal, David
Publisher:
Avery Publishing Group
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Language and languages
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20071131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
8.98x6.14x1.36 in. 1.20 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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