How Language Works

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780141015521
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 410
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 500
Weight: 360g
Height: 200mm
Width: 134mm
Spine width: 22mm