Don't believe a word : the surprising truth about language
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New York, NY : W.W. Norton and Company, 2020.
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Book
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First American edition.
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9781324004257 (HRD), 1324004258 (HRD)
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324 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Published
New York, NY : W.W. Norton and Company, 2020.
Edition
First American edition.
Language
English
ISBN
9781324004257 (HRD), 1324004258 (HRD)

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 296-314) and index.
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"Everyone likes to think they know a bit about language: There are some words that you simply can't translate into English. The origin of a word tells you how it should be used. A dialect is inferior to a language. The problem is, none of these statementsare true. In Don't Believe a Word, linguist David Shariatmadari explodes nine common myths about language and introduces us to some of the fundamental insights of modern linguistics. By the end of this eye- opening tour, readers will understand that grammatical "errors" are in fact the foundation of modern English; that the meaning of a word is not what a dictionary says, but how it's used; and that the difference between what gets labelled a "language" or "dialect" is political, rather than scientific.Don't Believe a Word offers an accessible and thorough introduction to the science behind one of the most essential aspects of our daily life"--,Provided by publisher.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Shariatmadari, D. (2020). Don't believe a word: the surprising truth about language (First American edition.). W.W. Norton and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Shariatmadari, David. 2020. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language. W.W. Norton and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

Shariatmadari, David. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language W.W. Norton and Company, 2020.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

Shariatmadari, David. Don't Believe a Word: The Surprising Truth About Language First American edition., W.W. Norton and Company, 2020.

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