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A mouthful of air : language, languages, especially English, Anthony Burgess

Label
A mouthful of air : language, languages, especially English
Title
A mouthful of air
Title remainder
language, languages, especially English
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Burgess
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"W.B. Yeats wrote of one of his poems that he "made it out of a mouthful of air." Truly, all language is made this way. Although we tend to think of it as a scratching of signs on paper, the essence of language is primarily so much air, a mouthful at a time, evanescent and yet essential. Speech is language's primary manifestation; writing and printing are secondary."--BOOK JACKET. "Arguing from this standpoint, Anthony Burgess presents a fascinating survey of language, how it operates now, how it got to be that way, and how it will develop in the future. Written with grace and brilliance, his book is highly readable and full of riveting information - for instance, on Shakespeare's pronunciation, on English newly generated abroad, on everyday speech, and on the place of English in the world family of languages."--BOOK JACKET. "As a novelist whose obsession with language has been central to his work (to the extent, in A Clockwork Orange, of inventing a vocabulary for the teen gangs terrorizing a future England), Burgess has always wished to tackle this subject. This is his most profound and considered statement to date on language, and one of the most important books he has written."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1917-1993
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Burgess, Anthony
Dewey number
420
Index
no index present
LC call number
PE1072
LC item number
.B796 1993
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
English language
Target audience
adult
Label
A mouthful of air : language, languages, especially English, Anthony Burgess
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Publication
Note
Includes index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 p.
Isbn
9780688119355
Lccn
92045117
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM27224188
  • CARL027224188
Label
A mouthful of air : language, languages, especially English, Anthony Burgess
Publication
Note
Includes index
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
416 p.
Isbn
9780688119355
Lccn
92045117
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • OCM27224188
  • CARL027224188

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