(Blurb) 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.


Author: David Crystal

Theme: Linguistics

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin

Year: 2007

Number of pages: 512

ISBN: 9780141015521

Other works by the author: (1) A little book of language, (2) You say potato, (3) The fight for English, (4) The gift of gab

Source: https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/38419/how-language-works/9780141015521.html 


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