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How we talk : the inner workings of conversation

Author: N J Enfield
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First international editionView all editions and formats
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We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, this book revolutionises our understanding of conversation, and reveals what makes language universally human.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: N J Enfield
ISBN: 9781541645028 1541645022
OCLC Number: 1015222325
Description: ix, 257 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: N. J. Enfield.

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We all had teachers who scolded us over the use of um, uh-huh, oh, like, and mm-hmm. But as linguist N. J. Enfield reveals, these "bad words" are fundamental to language. From the traffic signals of speech to the importance of um, this book revolutionises our understanding of conversation, and reveals what makes language universally human.

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