About this book
Subtitled, "How Babies Babble, Words Change Meaning & Languages Live Or Die". In this fascinating study, David Crystal answers every question on the nuts and bolts of language. 'Marvellous ... a treasure-house for everyone who loves the English language.' Philip Pullman
Features a survey of everything from how sounds become speech to how names work. This work also talks about eyebrow flashes, whistling languages, how parents teach their children to speak, how politeness travels across languages and how the way we talk show not just how old we are but where we're from and even who we want to be.