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A Little Book of Language

A Little Book of Language
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A Little Book of Language
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  • ISBN: 9780300170825
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With 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.

'Excellent.' --Ben Macintyre, The Times

'We have the demotic, lively, rigorous but unabashedly unpedantic David Crystal to remind us that living languages know no boundaries...Here he indulges himself with great good humour in his little book of love for the pleasures of language and words worldwide.' --Iain Finlayson, The Times

'A Little Book of Language is a simple history of all language, taking in phonetics, development, social uses, the internet, endangered languages and a touch of literature.' --Joy Lo Dico, The Independent On Sunday
Autor CRYSTAL, David
An apariţie 2015
Editura Yale University Press
Nr pagini 272
Dimensiuni 21.6 x 14 cm
Format Paperback
Cuvinte cheie: crystal david