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Language: The Basics Paperback – 18 Mar 1999
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From the Author
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.
About the Author
One of the most celebrated linguists of his time, R. L. Trask was a brilliant lecturer and the author of many popular works, including "The Penguin Guide to Punctuation" and "The Penguin Dictionary of English Grammar". Born in New York State in 1944, he lived in England after 1970, and was Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sussex until his death in 2004.
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Top Customer Reviews
Although interested in the subject, I'm not a language student, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book (I've read it twice). The chapter on 'Attitudes to language' made me laugh and cheer, as Trask explodes a number of widely held myths. 'The uniqueness of human language' and 'Change in language' are other excellent chapters. It's a brilliant book and it's not just for specialists.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really clear and easy to follow. A great introduction to the study of language.Published 23 months ago by Catherine MacLeod
Really interesting book.
I've never studied language or linguistics and it was clear and easy to understand. Read more
This book is written in a very easy to read interesting way with plenty of relevant and useful information given.Published on 28 July 2013 by mandy mackinnon