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An enjoyable linguistic tour in Britain!,
This review is from: Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain (Hardcover)
I studied linguistics at Edinburgh and have read and enjoyed most of David Crystal's books. This book takes you on a linguistic tour in Britain - all chapters are short and snappy (not more than 10 pages)talking about a place with linguistic significance, starting with a symbolic photo and ending with a section "Getting there" and links to relevant websites. If you are really interested in some of the sites, you can always research further online or even pay a visit (make sure you buy the English Heritage/Historic Scotland membership!). I agree with another reviewer that some photos seem a bit too dark, but David has explained in the intro that all photos were taken by his wife Hilary (an enthusiastic amateur) and weather-wise it was not the best of the year for taking photos in the parts of the UK they travelled. Highly recommended to everyone who is interested in the linguistic development of the English language - you don't have to be a linguist or a linguistic student to enjoy this book!