A Little Book of Language David Crystal
From the barely intelligible words of an infant to the modern idiosyncrasies of text messaging, language, in its myriad forms, plays an integral role in our daily lives. With countless nuances, these complex systems are the means by which we consider, comprehend and participate in the world around us. Language is perpetually surprising and new. But, with a dialect disappearing, on average, every two weeks and new slang coined almost daily, an understanding of the origins of communication has never been more necessary. Examining everything from a baby’s first words to the death of ancient tongues and presenting various examples of spoken, written, signed, texted and pictured vernaculars in between, A Little Book of Language covers much more than just the sprawling history of this phenomenon. Shedding light on subjects such as the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents, and the search for the first written word, linguist David Crystal investigates the rules of grammar, the different ways in which writing developed, how we take part in conversations and the ever-changing fashions of slang, swearing and style.