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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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Title: All About Language
Subtitle: A Guide
Written By: Barry J. Blake
Description:

In clear, congenial style Barry Blake explains how language works. He
describes the make-up for words and how they're built from sounds and signs
and put together in phrases and sentences. He examines the dynamics of
conversation and the relations between the sound and meaning. He shows how
languages help their users connect to each other and to the world, how they
vary around the world, why they never stop changing, and that no two people
speak a language in the same way. He looks at how language is acquired by
infant children, how it relates to thought, and its operations in the
brain. He investigates current trends and issues such as the leveling of
linguistic class differences and the rise of new secret or in-group
languages such as argot and teenspeak. He describes the history of writing
from its origins to digital diffusion, and ends by looking at how language
might have oriented and then evolved among our distant hominid and primate
ancestors.

Language is a crucial to every aspect of our lives whether we're thinking,
talking, or dreaming. Barry Blake reveals the wonders that lie beneath the
surface of everyday communication, enriching his exposition with a unique
blend of anecdote and humor. His engaging guide is for everyone curious
about language or who needs to know more about it.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
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