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Can anyone recommend any recent books about language?

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MardyBra Mon 20-Jul-15 10:35:20

Nothing too heavy - I wanted something to download to read on my hols.

I like a bit of David Crystal but have read most of his stuff. And I'm dipping in and out of Gaston Dorren's Lingo Lingo Lingo.

Any other suggestions?

DoctorDoctor Mon 20-Jul-15 10:43:06

Have you read any of Geoff Nunberg's stuff? Going Nucular and The Year of Talking Dangerously are available for Kindle. He's an American prof who writes a language column for a newspaper too - he's very readable.

BrianButterfield Mon 20-Jul-15 10:48:44

Through the Language Glass is good:

MardyBra Mon 20-Jul-15 16:27:32

I've read Through the Language Glass and enjoyed it a lot. Also The Unfolding of Language.

But I'm not familiar with Geoff Nunberg, so will look that up.

Thanks both of you for the suggestions.

partialderivative Mon 10-Aug-15 01:12:11

I'm not entirely sure what you are looking for, but have you seen Bill Bryson's 'Mother Tongue'

It is a really entertaining and informative book about the history of English as we know it. I bought it 10 years ago and I till dip into it on a regular basis.

HmmAnOxfordComma Mon 10-Aug-15 01:16:22

This was from a couple of years ago but I have a really interesting book on how translation works (and connections and differences between different languages) called Is That A Fish In Your Ear by David Bellos (I think).

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