How Language Works

How Language Works

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

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
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.

Baker
& Taylor

An exploration of the origin, function, and purpose of language offers 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.

Publisher: Woodstock, NY : Overlook Press, 2006
ISBN: 9781585678488
1585678481
Characteristics: xii, 500 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Jan 23, 2018

This is an extraordinarily well structured book. Even the paragraphs and sentences are structured and ordered to perfection, whilst still being able to be read with ease. There are so many interesting points about it that if I were to point them out I would simply be regurgitating most of the table of contents (the parts that didn't interest me much had to do with developmental linguistics (how babies and children learn language)). The last chapters about language management, as well as those dealing with semantics were the most interesting, whilst the ones about phonetics were the most difficult to understand (one should look for audio files on the web to get a better sense of the clicks and of vowel tones: the printed page is forever silent). The bibliography was too brief.

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