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

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9780140515381: How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning and Languages Live or Die

In this fascinating survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work, David Crystal answers every question you might ever have had about the nuts and bolts of language in his usual highly illuminating way. Along the way we find out about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we're from and even who we want to be.

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"An impeccably organized guide to language ... sure to become a standard reference."

"An invigorating plunge ... A crash course in linguistics, covering spoken, written, and sign language ... The book will prove, to language geeks, invaluable."

"[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 marvelous ride."

[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"
An invigorating plunge . . . A crash course in linguistics, covering spoken, written, and sign language . . . The book will prove, to language geeks, invaluable.
"The San Diego Union-Tribune"
An impeccably organized guide to language . . . sure to become a standard reference.
"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

A a[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.a
a"The New York Times"
A aAn invigorating plunge . . . A crash course in linguistics, covering spoken, written, and sign language . . . The book will prove, to language geeks, invaluable.a
a"The San Diego Union-Tribune"
A aAn impeccably organized guide to language . . . sure to become a standard reference.a
a"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

? ?[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"

? ?An invigorating plunge . . . A crash course in linguistics, covering spoken, written, and sign language . . . The book will prove, to language geeks, invaluable.?
?"The San Diego Union-Tribune"

? ?An impeccably organized guide to language . . . sure to become a standard reference.?
?"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

About the Author:

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over 90 books, most recently The Stories of English, and is the editor of The Penguin Encyclopaedia. In 1995, he was awarded the OBE for services to the English language. He lives in Holyhead, Anglesey.

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