How Language Works

How Language Works : How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning, and Languages Live or Die

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A lighthearted exploration of the origin, function and purpose of language addresses a wide range of topics to offer insight into what can be learned through verbal and body language, from the role of gestures and the evolution of grammar to the intricacies of different languages and the layout of the human throat.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 500 pages
  • 157.5 x 226.1 x 40.6mm | 703.08g
  • Overlook Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1585678481
  • 9781585678488

About Honorary Professor of Linguistics David Crystal

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia. "show more

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