By David Crystal

ISBN-10: 0300155336

ISBN-13: 9780300155334

With a language disappearing each weeks and neologisms bobbing up nearly day-by-day, an figuring out of the origins and foreign money of language hasn't ever appeared extra appropriate. during this captivating quantity, a story historical past written explicitly for a tender viewers, specialist linguist David Crystal proves why the tale of language merits retelling.

From the 1st phrases of an little one to the unusual smooth dialect of textual content messaging, a bit ebook of Language levels greatly, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively type, Crystal sheds gentle at the improvement of specified linguistic kinds, the origins of imprecise accents, and the quest for the 1st written notice. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to profitable circumstances of linguistic revitalization. even more than a background, Crystal’s paintings appears ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the impact of know-how on our day by day studying, writing, and speech. via enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, in addition to Crystal’s avuncular and interesting kind, A Little ebook of Language will show the tale of language to be an enthralling story for every age.

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With a language disappearing each weeks and neologisms bobbing up virtually day-by-day, an figuring out of the origins and foreign money of language hasn't ever appeared extra suitable. during this fascinating quantity, a story background written explicitly for a tender viewers, professional linguist David Crystal proves why the tale of language merits retelling.

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Stand with your classmates and listen carefully as your teacher spells a name—either a first name or a last name. Sit down when you are sure he/she is not spelling your name. E Devinez (Guess)! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. SA F Spell the words aloud supplying the missing letters. c mpa ni e ous en rie Vo s alle bie ? Ro ert, com ent a a? s’i v us la t ons eu Il n’ a pa d uoi. e m’ ppelle Nico as Sar ozy. Enc an . ma e o selle Comment ça s’écrit? You are checking tickets at the airline counter. Spell out the passengers’ names to make sure there are no mistakes!

1. stylo, crayons, morceau de craie, hommes 2. murs, sac à dos, porte, fenêtres 3. étudiant, professeurs, serviettes, camarade de classe 4. livre, gomme, classeurs, feuille de papier 5. horloges, cartes, ordinateur portable, tableau SA H C’est... Ce sont... Refer to the following scene to answer the questions using the appropriate indefinite article: un, une, des. ➡ C’est un stylo? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 12 douze • Chapitre préliminaire Non, ce sont des cahiers. C’est une horloge? Ce sont des crayons?

Aussi un copain et un garçon mais un peu très Tu connais? ● In the acquisition of a good accent in French, even more important than the mastery of any particular sound is the development of proper habits as far as the rhythm of the language is concerned. ● The rhythm of English is uneven: Some SYLlables reCEIVE GREATer EMphasis than OTHers. ● The rhythm of French, however, is very even. French words are spoken in groups, and each syllable but the last one receives equal emphasis. This accentuation in French is not a change in force, but a lengthening of the last syllable in the group and a change in intonation.

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