A mouthful of air: language and languages, especially English

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Hutchinson, 1992 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 347 pages
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Review: A Mouthful of Air: Languages and Language, Especially English

User Review  - Neil - Goodreads

For a writer, or a communicator in any medium, this is required reading. The basis of all human communication is still language. Technology rules, but words survive. This is a book about talking. Read full review

Review: A Mouthful of Air: Languages and Language, Especially English

User Review  - Jenine - Goodreads

Didn't finish. I liked the writing style and the occasional nuggets of fun language info. But the list of pronunciation symbols and the discussion of phonemes and their physical production left me pretty sleepy. Read full review

Contents

Signals in the Dark
1
The Science of Language
17
Sounds That We See
27
Copyright

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About the author (1992)

Anthony Burgess was born in 1917 in Manchester, England. He studied language at Xaverian College and Manchester University. He had originally applied for a degree in music, but was unable to pass the entrance exams. Burgess considered himself a composer first, one who later turned to literature. Burgess' first novel, A Vision of Battlements (1964), was based on his experiences serving in the British Army. He is perhaps best known for his novel A Clockwork Orange, which was later made into a movie by Stanley Kubrick. In addition to publishing several works of fiction, Burgess also published literary criticism and a linguistics primer. Some of his other titles include The Pianoplayers, This Man and Music, Enderby, The Kingdom of the Wicked, and Little Wilson and Big God. Burgess was living in Monaco when he died in 1993.

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