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A Little Book of Language
A Little Book of Language David Crystal 0300155336 9780300155334 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 c
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A Little Book of Language by David Crystal

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 Languageranges widely, revealing languages 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, Crystals 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 Crystals avuncular and entertaining style,A Little Book of Languagewill reveal the story of language to be a captivating tale for all ages.

Author: David Crystal

Language: English

Edition: First Edition, First Printing.

Binding: Hardcover

Publisher: Yale University Press

Publication Date: 2010-06-01

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David Crystal (Edition: First Edition, First Printing.) Hardcover