This is the text of the 1996 BBC Reith lectures, with illustrations, notes, and an afterword added which looks at the reception of the lectures.
Table of Contents
1. A web of worries: anxiety about language; 2. A web of deceit: the origin of language; 3. Building the web: acquiring language; 4. A web of words: remembering words; 5. A world-wide web: options and snares.
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