- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; First Paperback Edition edition (29 Mar. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141015527
- ISBN-13: 978-0141015521
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
How Language Works: How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning and Languages Live or Die Paperback – 29 Mar 2007
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About the Author
David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has published over ninety 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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I actually only bought this as it was on my university reading list, but I have since developed a keen interest in language and ended up buying his other book 'stories of English'!. (equally worthy of your hard earned cash)
And to the negative reviewer below; this is a book about how language works, not about how the study of language works.
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He is good on phonetics in particular. Remaining chapters (about 75% if book) are a bit thin on content.
No parse trees/phrase structure diagrams which Pinker does have. Read more
an accompaniment to my OU course. Insightful read into how language works and would recommend to anyone interested in the subject or studying at A level or above.Published on 8 Nov. 2013 by Mrs. A. Hurford
Interesting text about linguistics. Some terminology to blow your mind, and uncomfortably small print, but yet another classic from the Crystal man.Published on 15 Jan. 2013 by P
There is no good reason for this to be more expensive on Kindle than as a paperback, even with the VAT, So there is another potential customer lost.Published on 5 May 2012 by Steve Marshall