This text approaches the subject of how everyone plays with language in an informed but light-hearted way. Beginning by showing how we all use the "hidic" (playful) function of language, the author then investigates why we do and where the impulse to break the rules of language comes from.
A scholarly but exhilarating examination of why we devote so much time and energy to language games. LANGUAGE PLAY shows how professionals - from comedians and copy writers to theologians - make a career of these games; how young children instinctively display skills which no one ever manages to acquire in a foreign language; and the implications for effective teaching of reading, writing and grammar. LANGUAGE PLAY restores fun to the study of language and demonstrates why language games are an essential element of what makes us human.
David Crystal is one of the world's foremost authorities on the English language. He is an internationally renowned writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster and formerly Professor of Linguistics at the University of Reading. He received an OBE in 1995 for services to the study and teaching of the English language. He lives in Holyhead, North Wales. Previous publications: Linguistics, Who Cares about English Usage?, The English Language and he is the editor of the Cambridge Encyclopedia.
Table of Contents
The Ludic view; the amateurs; the enthusiasts; the professionals; the children; the readers; the future; the games people play.
Language Play by David Crystal
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