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Just A Phrase I'm Going Through: My Life in Language by [Crystal, David]
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'David Crystal loves and appreciates every word he speaks, and every word written in this book helps us to understand someone who is not just a great linguist, but a true champion and lover of language.' – Benjamin Zephaniah

'This memoir is enjoyable for many reasons. David Crystal's writings on linguistics have covered a wide range, and never fail to be readable and full of fascination for the general reader... it is a clear and modest account of a good and useful life.' – Philip Pullman

'Just A Phrase I'm Going Through is an engaging, can’t-put-it down hybrid of autobiography, suspense, humour, scientific writing, narrative, and even a bit of trivia. As an introductory linguistics text or leisure reading selection, it addresses the kinds of language-based questions that emerge literally everywhere and that pique the curiosity of linguists and non-linguists alike--transmitted to us through the wonderful wit, style, and personal perspective of David Crystal.' – Susan Strauss, Pennsylvania State University, USA

‘David Crystal, the UK’s Linguist-at-Large, starts his autobiography Just a Phrase I’m Going Through right off in Chapter 1 by summing up what it means to be a linguist. He does such a good job that every linguist in the world will go yessing through this chapter, and copy it on the sly to pass out to their students who ask what linguistics is really all about.' – John Lawler, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA

'David Crystal has a magic narrative touch. His talent is to make the sometimes abstruse subject matter of linguistics relevant to everybody’s lives. Now he shows how the study of language has played out in his own life. In this captivating professional autobiography he intertwines linguistic insights with his own personal and professional story, demonstrating what he has always told us so eloquently: that neither life nor language can be understood without the other.' – Guy Cook, The Open University, UK

'The book is a delight to read. It’s beautifully written, witty, entertaining and profoundly reflective on matters of language and life. If anyone needs persuading how and why language is central to our lives and can be both serious and fun, it is here.' – Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham, UK

'Far from being a dusty academic trawl,[this] is a vigorous and diverting account of a singular life.' – Manchester Evening News, 30th May 2009

About the Author

David Crystal received an OBE for services to the English language in 1995, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) in 2000. He is patron of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL) and the Association for Language Learning (ALL). Having published over 100 books, covering a diversity of language topics, his most recent publications include Txtng: the gr8 db8 (2008) and Thinking on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare’s Language (2008). He has been a freelance writer, lecturer, and broadcaster since 1984 and continues his work with language from his home in Holyhead, North Wales.


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  • Print Length: 314 pages
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  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (2 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002E6IK3M
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,381 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I really enjoyed this book - which is very readable as you would expect from such a prolific writer. It tells his story, which is fascinating, but also paints a picture of the development of the field of linguistics and of the involvement of linguists in speech pathology and speech and language therapy. David's texts have been very influencial in my own work and anyone who has used his material would enjoy this book. Those who don't know the author would be provided with an enjoyable introduction to his work in addition to reading an entertaining autobiography.
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This is a book I thoroughly enjoyed. While I have read a number of David Crystal's books over the years and always found them fascinating, I'm not so keen on (auto)biographies, so I approached this book with a bit of trepidation. However, it turned out to be an intriguing insight into the work (and aspects of personal life) of a brilliant linguist. It made me want to read more of his (100-odd!) books, many of which I never realised had been written. Of course it is written impeccably (though it does have a few typos too many) and a joy to read just from the language point of view, but while it deals with quite a weighty topic (the life of a linguist), it is always very approachable. David Crystal's true skill, in fact, has always been to "popularise" (in the most positive sense) a subject that can seem very rarified, at times. I would certainly recommend this to people interested in language, languages and linguistics. If you've enjoyed other books by David Crystal, you should certainly find this one fascinating.
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As always, Professor David Crystal outshines himself! Throughout several years of my continual perusal of his books, Professor has proven to be the One Unparalleled Mind whose writings are enjoyed from cover to cover, from the first page to the last! "Just A Phrase..." is a fascinating story - or stories - of a life intertwined with language, with its on and off moments, full of funny incidents, unusual experiences, and several heart-breaking lines. Professor, as always, succeeds in informing, educating and entertaining his reader.
From a shy, clever schoolboy in Holyhead to a "born professor" in London University College, to a sage, revered academic in Reading and back to Bangor - Professor's successive masterpiece is an indispensable treasury, which uncovers to the reader not only a number 1 linguist but a like brilliant personality.
The book is written in a sincere, entertaining and objective manner, with Professor's inborn sense of humour, and accuracy. Myself a post-graduate, David Crystal's books have been being Bibles for me and an utmost inspiration and motivation and the first references I will go to in my own academic ventures.
Now, for certain, to me David Crystal is not only The Number 1 academic writer, but a beloved author (also via his other creative writings like the ingenious "Living On")!
I advise everyone to read "Just A Phrase..." whose merit is therein it nourishes both the mind and the soul.
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David Crystal has crammed a great deal into his life and writes all about it in a lucid and entertaining manner. It provides readers with an inside view of recent British linguistic history. Brief pen portraits of figures such as Randolph Quirk, A.C.Gimson, Frank Palmer, Doc O'Connor and many others make fascinating reading.
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unfortunately the text is muddled. I read it on my Kindle and I don't know if it was a download problem but some sections of the book don't end. The next section starts and then some pages later you get the few paragraphs ending the previous section. This somewhat spoils what would otherwise be a really good read.
I have read a number of David Crystal's books and have always been a fan of his light, witty approach to what could easily be a very dry subject. He makes linguistics entertaining and makes you realise how exacting we all are in the language we use. Yes all of us.
This book is an insight into the man himself and how his interests in language have evolved over the years and how he managed to earn a living from something we all take for granted.
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