The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language

The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language


By (author) David Crystal

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 16mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141003960
  • ISBN 13: 9780141003962
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd ed.
  • Illustrations note: line drawings, maps, index
  • Sales rank: 46,049

Product description

This is the definitive survey of the English language - in all its forms. Crystal writes accessibly about the structure of the language, the uses of English throughout the world and finally he gives a brief history of English. The book has been fully revised and there is a fascinating new chapter on 'The effect of technology' on the English language. 'Illuminating guided tour of our common treasure by one of its most lucid and sensible professionals' - "The Times". 'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' - "THES".

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Author information

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. He is one of the most highly respected commentators on the English Language. He lives in Holyhead. His titles for Penguin include Words on Words, Language Play, Listen to Your Child. He is currently working on The Penguin Shakespeare Glossary for publication 08/02.

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'A splendid blend of erudition and entertainment' THES

Table of contents

The English language today - pidgins and creoles. Part 1 The structure of English: grammar - grammar and you; vocabulary - how large is your vocabulary?; pronunciation - received pronunciation; spelling - spelling reform. Part 2 The uses of English: language variety - trucker talk; English at play - sound symbolism; the effect of technology - texting; personal English - statistical laws. Part 3 The history of English: old English - casting the runes; middle English - the origins of modern standard English; early modern English - words then and now; English around the world - British and American English; English today - plain English; English tomorrow; appendices.