A Mouthful of Air

A Mouthful of Air: Language and Languages, Especially English (ISBN 0-688-11935-2) is a work on the subject of linguistics by Anthony Burgess. It was first published in August 1993.

Among the topics covered are: the mechanics of linguistic sounds; the development of the English language and its connections with other languages; the making of dictionaries; the importance of slang; the International Phonetic Alphabet; the role of dialect; the best way of learning a foreign language; and a look at specific languages, including Japanese and Malay.

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