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The Cambridge encyclopedia of language

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: Cambridge [Cambridgeshire] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Where did human language come from? How many languages are there? How do we acquire our first language or learn a second one? The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal answers these and other questions about language. From hieroglyphics to trucker talk, from Shakespeare in pidgin to sneezing in Tongan, this is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reference works
Dictionaries
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 0521264383 9780521264389 0521424437 9780521424431
OCLC Number: 15018669
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: vii, 472 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
Contents: Popular ideas about language --
Language and identity --
The structure of language --
The medium of language : speaking and listening --
The medium of language : writing and reading --
The medium of language : signing and seeing --
Child language acquisition --
Language, brain, and handicap --
The languages of the world --
Language in the world --
Language and communication.
Responsibility: David Crystal.
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The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language of all countries. In  Read more...

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' ... an ingenious tour de force ... a stunningly diverse linguistic menu' Robert Burchfield, The Times ' ... a celebration of language in all its oddity, beauty, fun, astonishing complexity and Read more...

 
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