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By David Crystal

ISBN-10: 0300155336

ISBN-13: 9780300155334

With a language disappearing each weeks and neologisms bobbing up virtually day-by-day, an knowing of the origins and forex of language hasn't ever appeared extra appropriate. during this fascinating quantity, a story historical past written explicitly for a tender viewers, specialist linguist David Crystal proves why the tale of language merits retelling.

From the 1st phrases of an youngster to the strange sleek dialect of textual content messaging, a bit publication of Language levels largely, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively model, Crystal sheds gentle at the improvement of designated linguistic kinds, the origins of imprecise accents, and the hunt for the 1st written be aware. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to profitable instances of linguistic revitalization. even more than a background, Crystal’s paintings seems ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the influence of expertise on our daily studying, writing, and speech. via enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, in addition to Crystal’s avuncular and interesting variety, A Little booklet of Language will show the tale of language to be a charming story for every age.

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