Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Little Book of Language

In addition to Bursts, I recently read A Little Book of Language by David Crystal.  It was a quick and easy read, but I honestly remember almost nothing from the book.  I learned that sign language has its own accents, and I learned that as someone develops their language skills, they can only go consonant  vowel, consonant  vowel.  That why young children have a hard time saying "tree."  It's not that they're lazy or someone is letting them get away with speaking poorly; their tongue/ear/brain coordination just hasn't developed enough to put it into practice.  As a father of a 3 1/2 year old, I found that chapter of the book fascinating.

Other than that, there wasn't a whole lot of substance to the book.  After reading it, I found out that it was a book geared towards middle-schoolers.  I am intrigued by the author and I'd like to find more of his books--most of what he writes is geared towards adults.

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