‘Every page of Crystal’s book contains some linguistic curiosity or flight of fancy. He should go walkie-talkie more often. Another 100 books of this kind would not be too many.’ Financial Times
‘[An] excellent, discursive new book [by] one of England's greatest living language commentators…Crystal's accessible and lively style belies his academic rigour.’ The New Statesman
‘Crystal proves an entertaining companion…It is pleasant to ramble with him along the byways of language.’ The Tablet
'[Crystal] is more than just the Dr Johnson of our age, a linguistic expert who never takes a day off from considering language in all its aspects, and even hears sheep bleat in a Welsh accent.' The Sunday Herald
'”By Hook or By Crook” is autobiographical-whimsical-quizzical-oddsandendsical.' Times Higher Education Supplement--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
David Crystal has published over 90 books on the subject of the English language, including two encyclopaedias, 'The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language' and The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language'. His book, 'The Stories of English' (2004) was a bestseller for Penguin. He has lectured in linguistics all his life, first at Bangor, then at Reading and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales. He has also been a consultant, contributor or presenter on many radio and TV series (including 'The Story of English').--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Another gem by David Crystal - this time he looks at the different dialect forms that can be found within a very short geographical area. Read morePublished on 13 May 2012 by Tungolwittigan
An interesting book, full of more of Crystal's insights and expertise.
But I found it a touch too self-congratulary...but maybe that's just me.