How do we know words - their forms, their meanings, their roles in organising societies, their roles in helping us think? This looks at the history and forms of words and such less familiar topics such as how children learn and store words, differences between languages, how words vary from place to place and person to person, and how words shape our mental world. First-rate.
Delve into the hidden nature of words: An irresistible mix of information, curiosity, and fun Linguist Vivian Cook takes us on a brilliant series of excursions into the history and meaning of words: How do we learn words as a child? How are words born, and why do they die? Why do some never get spoken, and others never written? Each chapter is charmingly illustrated--and accompanied by a rich assortment of games, lists, puzzles, and quotes. From polite words to crass words, from p-c words to Shakespeare's words, from food and wine words to jazz and drug words--the book is an exciting exploration into the abundance and variety of words.