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A Little Book of Language

2010 | David Crystal

"Demotic, lively, rigorous but unabashedly unpedantic David Crystal remind[s] us that living languages know no boundaries, that they adapt themselves joyously to new conditions. Here he indulges himself with great good humour in his little book of love for the pleasures of language and words worldwide." - Iain Finlayson, The Times (London) -- Iain Finlayson The Times (London) "David Crystal is not just a great linguist, but a true champion and lover of language."-Benjamin Zephaniah -- Benjamin Zephaniah "An excellent book to put in the hands of anyone first starting to think about the wonders of what we all take for granted, our shared capacity to talk and understand." - Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word -- Nicholas Ostler 'Crystal-clear, witty and informative, a book to bring out the linguist in us all.' - Roger McGough -- Roger McGough "A Little Book of Language is a paean to language in all its guises. Crystal has clearly thought long and hard about his subject...[H]e is always revealing and thought-provoking."--David B. Williams, Seattle Times -- David B. Williams Seattle Times "David Crystal... is a charming tour guide... He is excited, not cranky, about how language is changing in the Internet age."--Jan Gardner, The Boston Globe -- Jan Gardner The Boston Globe "Crystal rolls the basics of language--plus a few quirky insights--into one neat little package."--Seed Magazine Seed Magazine "Crystal here writes for the true beginner, but does so with his usual clarity and authority, as he ranges from ancient etymologies to modern text-messaging. The chapters--again 40 of them--are made doubly engaging by Jean-Manuel Duvivier's frolicsome, highly stylized black-and-white illustrations."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post -- Michael Dirda Washington Post "In his light and amusing A Little Book of Language, David Crystal treats the world's 6,000 tongues-which are disappearing at an alarming rate-as a natural resource no less precious than our oceans and forests."-The Daily Beast The Daily Beast "Delightfully approachable... [a] 101-level of study with a heavy helping of charm and nary a dash of condescension."--Megan Stride, PopMatters -- Megan Stride PopMatters "The prolific British language writer, David Crystal, has produced another winner."-Visualthesuarus.com Visualthesuarus.com.

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