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David Crystal

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A Little Book of Language (2010)
3.7 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: I liked the range of topic material and parts definitely had me intrigued; however, I didn't expect the tone of this book to be so conversational, almost to the extent of being patronizing. Having read a previous review, I can see now that perhaps this book was written for a very...
The Story of English in 100 Words (2012)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 4
review 1: Very clever. Crystal uses each word as a starting point for a brief discussion on the ways our language has changed and developed over the centuries, reminding us all of the idiocy of such movements as "language reform", and of the joy we should feel every time we piece together ...
The Story of English in 100 Words. David Crystal (2012)
3.84 of 5 Votes: 2
review 1: I finished a few days ago and already I want to reread this. It was a great audio read. Short chapters and so much of interest but very hard to absorb it all! So I think I'll want a paper copy next time.This is just brilliant if you're interested in words and language, as I am on...
Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling (2013)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 2
review 1: Crystal is pretty much THE guy when it comes to studies of the English language, and writing for a popular audience, and he's quite prolific. I wanted to read this particular book because the evolution of certain aspects of English spelling was the topic of my undergrad senior pr...
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (2008)
3.5 of 5 Votes: 5
review 1: This book is the first to take an in-depth look at the linguistics of texting. It deals comprehensively with many different languages, and the examples it gives are quite enlightening, sometimes entertaining. I agree with Professor David Crystal's argument that there is nothing...
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