- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; New Ed edition (6 Aug. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0199210772
- ISBN-13: 978-0199210770
- Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.5 x 13.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Witty. (The Independent (Review))
David Crystal gives us an enjoyable account of where words came from and what happens to them. (Writing Magazine)
About the Author
David Crystal is the foremost writer and lecturer on the English language, with a world-wide reputation and over 100 books to his name. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and has been awarded an OBE for services to the English Language.
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1. the universe of words, their number and how we learn them
2. the origin of words, their beginnings and construction
3. the diversity of words, worldwide diversity, specialist language, group speak
4. the evolution of words, births, deaths, changes and futures
5. the enjoyment of words, wordplay, word sound and games
6. becoming a word detective, how to take your interest further, further reading and how to estimate your personal wordhoard (vocabulary), both what you use everyday and what you understand but don's use regularly.
A good starting point which left me wanting more.
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As ever with anything written by David Crystal, this book explains concepts of English in a very clear, simplified and entertaining manner Highly... Read more
An excellent book, well written (in my opinion)and recommended by my Daughter, an English teacher, along with other titles by the same authur. Read morePublished on 6 May 2011 by Daithi
Mr Crystal deals with such a wide topic with extreme simplicity and he manages to keep the reader interested all the time. Unputdownable!Published on 6 Dec. 2009 by Rosalba Arena
David Crystal enthralls us with fascinating details about the English Language in his trademark crystal clear prose style. Read morePublished on 9 Sept. 2009 by J. Shaw