A Little Book of Language
From the first words of an ...more
I was really excited when I won this book from Yale University Press; I love reading modern books about language development, research, and usage. This book did not disappoint, although I do have three main complaints about it.
First though, lets look at the things I enjoyed. I loved how well researched this book was and how David Crystal concerned himself with the study of language development, use, and adaptation from a general point of view. Most of the examples in the book were, necessarily,...more
Learning any language is a mountainous task. David ...more
Jeez, language is complicated and there's so many of them and they're dying and IT'S SO IMPORTANT. I know a lot more than I used to. Very interesting. Very intriguing.
You can't downgrade a book based solely on the fact that it was British (can you? Eh, I don't think so). I'm American and it's more of a preference thing for me. I'm used to words being written a certain way and called a certain thing, and having double quotations for quotes (") instead of single ...more
Here's a bit about this book:
"From an infant's first words to the peculiar dialect of text messaging, "A Little Book of Language" ranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks. Crystal delves into the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents and ...more
Problem is, this book is being marketed to grown-ups. If you buy it, pass it along to a tweener who would probably benefit from this very fundamental little book.
This book turns to the future of language, exploring the effect of technology on our day to day reading, writing and speech.
“It wasn’t what he said, it was the way he said it that ...more
But the rest of the book was a bit of a disappointment.
Each chapter is very short and doesn't go into any detail, so I didn't learn much at all.
If you're interested in learning about linguistics I would recommend other books written for a general audience such as John McWhorter's "Words on the Move".
Only thing I didn’t love was how it was quite simplistic, however I didn’t expect anything else tbh. It’s an introduction which is aimed for everyone including children. The slang and text speak was a bit outdated, but it was written in 2009, a whole 10 years ago!
I’m definitely going to read his encyclopedia of language soon (not encyclopaedia, interesting US English influence there!)
There were sections near the end I would have foregone, which is why I ...more