Language defines us as human beings. Despite this it remains an inaccessible, even mysterious phenomenon to most of us. This book is a lively and accessible introduction to the study of language by the world renowned linguist David Nunan. Drawing on a wide range of anecdotes and stories from personal experience, Nunan offers a thought-provoking and entertaining way into the basics of language study. The book is framed with student-friendly features including questions, further reading and a glossary of linguistic terminology and key linguists.