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    DescriptionWords, Words, Words is all about the wonder of words. Drawing on a lifetime's experience, David Crystal explores language in all its rich varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. Language has no life of its own: it only exists in the mouths and ears, hands, eyes and brains of its users. As we are guided expertly and passionately through the mysteries and delights of word origins, histories, spellings, regional and social variations, taboo words, jargon, and wordplay, the contribution we all play in shaping the linguistic world around us becomes evident. Words, Words, Words is a celebration of what we say and how we say it. It invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do. And as they continually shape our lives, it suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.


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    Title
    Words Words Words
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Crystal
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 224
    Width: 134 mm
    Height: 189 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 243 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780199210770
    ISBN 10: 0199210772
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: LAN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S1.5
    BIC subject category V2: CF
    LC subject heading: ,
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    BISAC V2.8: LAN016000
    DC22: 400
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15640
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 401.4
    Thema V1.0: CF
    Illustrations note
    halftones
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    06 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    Witty. The Independent (Review) David Crystal gives us an enjoyable account of where words came from and what happens to them. Writing Magazine
    Table of contents
    1. THE UNIVERSE OF WORDS ; 2. THE ORIGINS OF WORDS ; 3. THE DIVERSITY OF WORDS ; 4. THE EVOLUTION OF WORDS ; 5. THE ENJOYMENT OF WORDS ; 6. BECOMING A WORD DETECTIVE