A general introduction to languages and linguistics, synchronic and diachronic -- informative and entertaining in just the...

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WHO TALKS FUNNY? A Book About Languages for Kids

A general introduction to languages and linguistics, synchronic and diachronic -- informative and entertaining in just the right proportions. Writing in a conversational style, Cox covers all the topics one would expect to find in an introductory textbook -- language families, historical perspective, the formation of dialects and creoles, phonetics and phonology, morphology and syntax, writing systems -- briefly sketching out the basic concepts of linguistics, and then filling most of each chapter with a colorful assortment of illustrations, facts, and anecdotes related to languages from all over the world. She thus exposes her readers to a great variety of experiments, and encourages them to learn languages.

Pub Date: April 1, 1995

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: 210

Publisher: Linnet/Shoe String

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15, 1995