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The informal, conversational writing makes this book very accessible - perfect for bedtime reading.
When I was a youngster I read books by Mario Pei, who wrote about language and linguistics for the general reader.
I dropped everything else I was planning to do, and devoured this wonderful little book as quickly as I could.
This book is intended for younger readers, but it would also be enjoyable for those with a general interest in language (linguistic graduates excluded, for whom it will obviously... Read morePublished 10 months ago by doodledo
The short chapters make this book easy to read. It's concise, informative and easy to understand. There are many little tidbits about language here. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amanda L. Davis
First of all, the title should rather be changed to a little booklet of "English". If you are more interested in language in general, you will be fully disappointed. Read morePublished on June 20, 2012 by H Z
This is a must read for anyone who is curious about how our ability to speak happens! We seem to take our ability to communicate with others by speaking for granted until we... Read morePublished on August 26, 2011 by Sharon Overcast
This book is not for anyone with a background in linguistics (or even someone who has only taken a General Linguistics course). Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Lauren Hirs
As with other readers, I was at first a bit disappointed in the book, but having realized that the audience for which it is meant is young people, I continued to read through to... Read morePublished on May 25, 2011 by Margaret Coxwell
As others have noted, ALBoL has little to offer readers of a serious linguistic bent. As such a reader, I found ALBoL entertaining enough, but not particularly informative. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Librum