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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (27 Aug. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140273859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140273854
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 824,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In this exhilarating and often hilarious book, David Crystal examines why we devote so much time and energy to language games, how professionals make a career of them, and how young children instinctively take to them. Crystal makes a simple argument-that since playing with language is so natural, a natural way to learn language is to play with it-while he discusses puns, crosswords, lipograms, comic alphabets, rhymes, funny voices taken from dialect and popular culture, limericks, anagrams, scat singing, and much more. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Crystal is the Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. His previous books include The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, English as a Global Language, A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Language Death, and Words on Words, the last published by the University of Chicago Press. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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