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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (18 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415340195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415340199
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.5 x 20.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 273,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Why is the study of language so much fun?
The full title is 'Language: The Basics'. I call this my 'bedtime book', because my then editor told me that her boyfriend was reading the book in bed -- perhaps not exactly what she was hoping for when she commissioned the book. This is not a comprehensive textbook. It is a popular introduction, designed to persuade readers that the study of language is enjoyable and fascinating. How did h-dropping happen? How can the word 'nurse' wreck a social occasion? Do women really speak differently from men? Why is Norwegian two different languages? What are sign languages like? These are the kinds of questions examined in the book. I think you'll like it. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.



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