'Excellent.' --Ben Macintyre, The Times
'We have the demotic, lively, rigorous but unabashedly unpedantic David Crystal to remind us that living languages know no boundaries...Here he indulges himself with great good humour in his little book of love for the pleasures of language and words worldwide.' --Iain Finlayson, The Times
'A Little Book of Language is a simple history of all language, taking in phonetics, development, social uses, the internet, endangered languages and a touch of literature.' --Joy Lo Dico, The Independent On Sunday
About the Author
David Crystal is one of the world's pre-eminent language specialists. Writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster, he is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He has written nearly 100 books, including The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language, By Hook or By Crook: a Journey in Search of English, Txtng: the Gr8 Db8, The Stories of English, and Rediscover Grammar, as well as publishing widely on phonetics, Shakespeare's language and child language. In 1995 he was awarded the OBE for services to the English language.