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5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Book of Language, excellent for Aspergers Syndrome youth, 17 Jan. 2011
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This review is from: A Little Book of Language (Little Histories) (Hardcover)
A Little Book of Language is written for the younger reader.
I found it to be very good at describing how to have a conversation for young people, and especially good for helping Aspergers Syndrome youth to develop an understanding of how to communicate with others in conversation. Crystal explains how children need to learn about why people say things indirectly, he describes 'reading between the lines' - how to work out what people really mean, and how not to sound rude.
The detailed descriptions of how children learn to speak in grammatical sentences is also excellent for these young people.
'As we grow up', he writes, 'we build a language wardrobe inside our heads.' He explains how we have formal language, or talking to family, or to friends, to babies, teachers, animals.
Because of mobile phones and the internet, speakiing and writing styles have doubled. We need to develop a sense of when each style is appropriate.
There is much in the book for adults too. Linguistics, the science of language, creative uses of language, other languages compared, changes in language, slang, the list is long. The book is well worth a read.
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