A Little Book of Language

A Little Book of Language

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780300155334
Branch Call Number: 400 Crystal
Characteristics: vii, 260 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Mar 13, 2020

As a graduate student studying work very similar to lingiustics, I did enjoy the content of the book! I found a lot of the information interesting, although some of the examples and language (no pun intended???) within the book were a little outdated and problematic. I liked that there were applied examples at the end of each paragraph that helped you get a sense of what the chapter meant in a real world and relatable context. Again, this book was written in 2010, so a lot has changed since then. I am excited to read more of the Little Histories series, especially "A Little History of Science."


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