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I received a paperback copy of this book and forgot it by a friend. It was so engaging I purchased it on audible to continue reading. The author is not only knowledgeable but humorous and the book is organized in a most readable (listenable) way.
Would you listen to A Little Book of Language again? Why?
This is a more basic book than I expected, with the writer explaining very simple terms from linguistics, but if that's what you want then it's fine. It's comprehensive and includes anecdotes that make the theory come alive.The problems are mainly due to the subject matter; the reader often has to spell out things that you would be able to see much less awkwardly in print. In some chapters this happens at least once every few minutes.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Derek Perkins?
Yes, assuming the strange dialect choices were not his own.
Any additional comments?
The narrator, who has a British RP accent, for some reason uses Americanisms like "zee" instead of "zed," missing the "and" that British speakers use when saying long numbers (one hundred and one, not one hundred one), and pronouncing the occasional word in an American way for no obvious reason. He also says dates as 21 June, not 21st (of) June, which I've never heard said in real life - even if it's written as 21 June you make it into an ordinal when you say the date. It's jarring. If they wanted to use those variants then they should have used an American narrator.
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