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David Crystal's How Language Works is a fascinating tour through the world of language from one of today's most renowned experts. It ranges over everything from how children learn to read to what makes words rude or polite, from eyebrow flashes to whistling languages. Unlocking the secrets of communication in an accessible, entertaining way, this exhilarating book sheds light on the endless mysteries of the language we speak, write and read every day.

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  • Paperback

    9780141037363

    September 1, 2008

    Penguin Press

    516 pages

    RRP $12.99

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Also by David Crystal

Listen To Your Child
The Penguin Book of Facts
How Language Works
The Stories Of English
Shakespeare's Words