A Little Book of Language by David Crystal

By David Crystal

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

From the 1st phrases of an little one to the unusual glossy dialect of textual content messaging, a bit ebook of Language levels generally, revealing language’s myriad intricacies and quirks. In lively type, Crystal sheds mild at the improvement of specified linguistic kinds, the origins of imprecise accents, and the quest for the 1st written be aware. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, in addition to winning situations of linguistic revitalization. even more than a heritage, Crystal’s paintings seems ahead to the way forward for language, exploring the influence 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 variety, A Little booklet of Language will show the tale of language to be an enthralling story for every age.

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Helsinki То´кио Tokyo Гонолу´лу Honolulu Ка´лгари Calgary Тбили´си Tbilisi О´сло Oslo Сан-Франци´ско San Francisco Торо´нто Toronto (b) Indeclinable loanwords denoting islands are masculine (cf. о´стров island). краси´вый Кюраса´о beautiful Curaçao живопи´сный Анти´гуа picturesque Antigua со´лнечный Ко´рфу sunny Corfu го´рный Ка´при mountainous Capri (c) Nouns denoting rivers are generally feminine (cf. река´ river). S. are masculine when they refer to the state (cf. шта´т state), but feminine when they denote the river.

Moscow is the capital of Russia. This is my sister. These are my parents. Nouns following a past-tense form of the verb бы´ть (бы´л, была´, бы´ли) may occur as predicates in the nominative case when they denote a permanent property, or one felt to be a defining characteristic of the subject. , добря´к good guy, краса´вица a beauty, у´мница smart person). Мо´й де´душка бы´л америка´нец. Моя´ ба´бушка была´ ру´сская. Ва´ня бы´л добря´к. Ле´на была´ у´мница. My grandfather was American. My grandmother was Russian.

Where is my table? Here it is. Where is my window? Here it is. Where is my lamp? Here it is. Adjective Agreement An adjective must express the same gender as the noun it modifies. Э´то но´вый сто´л. Э´то но´вое окно´. Э´то но´вая ла´мпа. This is a new table. This is a new window. This is a new lamp. A predicate adjective must express the same gender as its subject noun. Сту´л за´нят. Ме´сто за´нято. Ко´мната занята´. The chair is occupied. The seat is occupied.

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