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Words on Words: Quotations about language and languages [Hardcover]

David Crystal , Hilary Crystal
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25 May 2000
A thematically structured dictionary of quotations relating to all aspects of language. Ranging from Wilde to Wordsworth and James Bond to Winnie-the-Pooh, 65 sections bring together the wise, witty and whimsical insights from over the years.

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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (25 May 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140291342
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140291346
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16.2 x 5.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Crystal works from his home in Holyhead, North Wales, as a writer, editor, lecturer, and broadcaster. He published the first of his 100 or so books in 1964, and became known chiefly for his research work in English language studies. He held a chair at the University of Reading for 10 years, and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

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David Crystal writes and lectures on language and linguistics. His recent books include "The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language" and "The Penguin Dictionary of Language." He is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and a past president of the Society of Indexers. Hilary Crystal practiced for several years as a speech therapist and has worked editorially on various projects, including "The Cambridge Encyclopedia." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful selection 3 Aug 2013
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Worth getting even if you already own a general dictionary of quotations. Many thought-provoking and beautiful quotations on language from the erudite to the quirky... but then perhaps I should have expected nothing less given that David and Hilary Crystal are the compilers. A pleasure to browse through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, wonderful and wise words 2 Dec 2000
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Everyone seems to have something to say about words. The wise, the not so wise; the educated, the less-educated; writers, poets, politicians. What would it be like to hear them all tell us what they thought about language? In Words on Words the compilers provide us with 5000 quotations from a wide range of sources.
The book is very well organized: about one half of the book (300 pages)is a systematicly organized collection of the quotations, the remaining pages (280) provides indices to sources and topics. You should be able to find any quote of interest quite easily.
David Crystal is a very familiar name in linguistic circles and has extensive editing experience. This new volume exhibits his same care for detail and provides yet another useful volume for students (and teachers) of language.
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