Just a Phrase I'm Going Through: My Life in Language

Just a Phrase I'm Going Through: My Life in Language


By (author) David Crystal

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: CD-Audio | 4 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 137mm x 25mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 23 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415547903
  • ISBN 13: 9780415547901
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged
  • Sales rank: 1,059,796

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Kidnapping, attempted assassination, espionage...not the answers you'd expect to the question 'what happens when you become a linguist?' But now, reflecting on a long and hugely successful career at the forefront of the field of English Language and Linguistics, David Crystal answers this question and offers us a special look behind the scenes at the adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language. Both an autobiography and a highly accessible introduction to the field of linguistics, Just a Phrase I'm Going Through illuminates and entertains us with its many insights into the ever-fascinating subject of language. David Crystal is synonymous with language, both as a great populariser and linguistic pioneer, and his contribution to the field is unparalleled. This audio book is not just for students and teachers but for all lovers of language. 4 discs. Running time: 5 hours approx. Abridged.

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Table of contents

Contents Prologue 1 Being a linguist 2 A semilingual start 3 New worlds 4 Liverpool school 5 Extra-curricular acts 6 Learning, and not learning, about language 7 Becoming academic 8 Surveying 9 Worlds within worlds 10 Becoming professional 11 The sexy subject 12 Meeting a need 13 Choices and consequences 14 Meetings and meetings 15 Looking for remedies 16 Why did you resign? 17 The encyclopedia game 18 Schizoid man 19 Busyness and business Epilogue