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An ABC for Baby Linguists
Michael Bernstein
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Front cover image   28 pages, Moffett-sewn hardback
6.5" x 7.25"
publication date: October 30, 2013

ISBN 978-1-57473-202-3 hardback, $14.95

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A book for our youngest linguists! From A to Z, this endearing ABC book presents an entire alphabet of linguistics terms in rhyming couplets. You'll find fun surprises, common and uncommon words, and no footnotes. This alphabet book focuses on phonetics and phonology.

Two cautions are in order: (1) The actual book is not tear-proof, chew-proof, drool-proof, or tasty. A baby linguist can easily turn this book (like most books) into an assortment of choking hazards. (2) An ABC for Baby Linguists is not complete preparation for graduate studies in linguistics. For that, we recommend also acquiring Surviving Linguistics: A Guide for Graduate Students.

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Acknowledgments and inside information

The book was inspired by a suggestion at the January 2013 LSA meeting in Boston. It is typeset in Della Respira, a font by Nathan Willis based on the 1902 Della Robbia typeface design by Thomas Maitland Cleland. The Victorian corner ornament is by Intellecta Design. The occasional letter animals are formed entirely by adding diacritics. The spectrogram of 9-month-old David babbling was created using Praat. The author is immensely grateful to Lisa Hodsdon for her support, to David Bernstein for taking naps, to Alejna Brugos for comments and discussion, and to numerous friends and family for their encouragement.

About the author

Michael Bernstein studied linguistics at Swarthmore College and Cornell University. He founded Cascadilla Press and Cascadilla Proceedings Project, and recently became a father. An ABC for Baby Linguists is his first book.

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