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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 forex 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 youngster to the atypical smooth dialect of textual content messaging, a bit publication of Language levels greatly, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively type, Crystal sheds gentle at the improvement of distinctive linguistic types, the origins of vague accents, and the hunt for the 1st written note. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to winning situations of linguistic revitalization. even more than a historical past, Crystal’s paintings appears ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the impact of expertise on our daily studying, writing, and speech. via enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, in addition to Crystal’s avuncular and exciting sort, A Little e-book of Language will display the tale of language to be a charming story for every age.

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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 forex 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 youngster to the atypical smooth dialect of textual content messaging, a bit publication of Language levels greatly, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively type, Crystal sheds gentle at the improvement of distinctive linguistic types, the origins of vague accents, and the hunt for the 1st written note. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to winning situations of linguistic revitalization. even more than a historical past, Crystal’s paintings appears ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the impact of expertise on our daily studying, writing, and speech. via enlightening tables, diagrams, and quizzes, in addition to Crystal’s avuncular and exciting sort, A Little e-book of Language will display the tale of language to be a charming story for every age.

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B) Comment t'appelles-tu? (c) Qui connais-tu? (d) Lequel veux-tu? (e) Quelle heure est-il? 8f The following are typical excerpts from dialogues in novels which aim to reproduce français familier or populaire. Rephrase them as inversion-type interrogatives. (a) Où qu'est le malade? (RFC183) (b) Qui tu aimes le mieux? (PA37) (c) Où que c'est qu'elle danse? (RS112) (d) Comment que tu vois l'an 2000, toi? (RFB23) (e) Pourquoi qu't'as fait ça, Catherine? (RS88) (f) Qui t'es? (PS40) (g) C'est quand qu'on va au cirque?

5 How speakers handle relative clauses Not surprisingly, speakers who do not make habitual use of standard relative patterns encounter difficulties in situations where such use is required - in classroom exercises, for example. Here are some attempts by secondaryschool pupils to make up sentences beginning with le livre dont... (the original spelling errors have been retained): (39) Le livre dont Pierre a donné est bleus. (RB) (40) Le livre dont j'ai empreinté est à ma mère. (RB) (41) Le livre dont je tient dans mes deux mains appartient à un grand écrivaint.

Bonjour, mes élèves. Bonjour, monsieur. Duclos, vous bâillez! Etes-vous fatigué? Qu'avez-vous fait hier soir? J'ai fait mes devoirs, Monsieur. Et cela vous a-t-il rendu fatigué? A quelle heure vous êtes-vous couché? A dix heures et demie, Monsieur. Et à quelle heure vous êtes-vous levé aujourd'hui? A sept heures, Monsieur. A quelle heure avez-vous quitté la maison pour venir à l'école? A huit heures moins le quart, Monsieur. Combien de temps mettez-vous pour venir à l'école? Dix minutes, Monsieur.

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