What Language Is
And What It Isn't and What It Could Be
By John McWhorter
(Gotham Books, Paperback, 9781592407200, 228pp.)
Publication Date: August 7, 2012
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A love letter to languages, celebrating their curiosities and smashing assumptions about correct grammar
An eye-opening tour for all language lovers, What Language Is offers a fascinating new perspective on the way humans communicate. from vanishing languages spoken by a few hundred people to major tongues like Chinese, and with copious revelations about the hodgepodge nature of English, John McWhorter shows readers how to see and hear languages as a linguist does.