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The Social Art: Language and Its Uses

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From a baby's first words to the great works of literature, language plays an integral part in our lives. Yet most of us know very little about the nature of language - what it is, how we learn it, how it works. Indeed, though linguists, philosophers, psychologists, and other thinkers have made great strides in the understanding of language, little of their insight has tri ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 4th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published March 31st 1994)
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Jun 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this book for my English course, and when it arrived I couldn't help but think it looked like the most boring book you could imagine, a view that my family were quick to constantly reiterate. However, on actually beginning to read it, it turned out you certainly can't judge a book by its cover. Having never studied English language, learning about linguistics and the development and use of language was a completely new area for me (other than foreign language learning) and somethin ...more
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read for language & culture class. really good overview of language & of the english language in particular. easy to follow but not shallow.
I got so bored because it was overly detailed and I only wanted history of language
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