I would like to read a book similar to "What is mathematics?", but about linguistics. In other words, I would like to see a text that touches different branches of linguistics in an elementary but not boring way.

Is there an example of such a book?

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I think "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language" by David Crystal is a good read in this respect.

You can also look at this question and its answers for some more suggestions.

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    Precisely the book I was going to recommend.
    – jlawler
    Commented May 30, 2022 at 15:47

Teach yourself linguistics from the Teach yourself series is a good introduction for laymen. Another useful source is I-Language: An Introduction to Linguistics as Cognitive Science.

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