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Crystal, David 1941-

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English as a global language by David Crystal( )

112 editions published between 1997 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 4,804 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language expert David Crystal presents a lively and factual account of the rise of English as a global language and explores the whys and wherefores of the history, current status and future potential of English as the international language of communication. He avoids taking sides and tells the story in a measured but engaging way, backed by facts and figures. This is a book for anyone of any nationality concerned with English: teachers, students, language professionals, politicians, general readers and anyone with a love of the language
Language and the Internet by David Crystal( )

89 editions published between 2001 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 4,355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A foremost authority on language argues that the Internet is enabling a dramatic expansion of the range and variety of language and is providing unprecedented opportunities for personal creativity. According to popular mythology, the Internet will be bad for the future of language-technospeak will rule, standards will be lost, and creativity diminished as globalization imposes sameness. David Crystal, one of the foremost authorities on language, argues the reverse in his new book: that the Internet is enabling a dramatic expansion of the range and variety of language and is providing unprecedented opportunities for personal creativity. In order to grow and be maintained as a linguistic medium, the principles and standards of the Internet must evolve-and they will be very different from other mediums. Is the Internet a revolution? Is it a linguistic revolution? Beyond the visual panache of the presentation on a screen, the Internet's "linguistic" character is immediately obvious to anyone online. As the Internet has become incorporated into our lives, it is becoming clearer how it is being shaped by and is adapting language and languages. Language and the Internet is the first book by a language expert on the linguistic aspects of the Internet
The Cambridge encyclopedia of language by David Crystal( Book )

180 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in 5 languages and held by 4,170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where did human language come from? How many languages are there? How do we acquire our first language or learn a second one? The highly acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language by David Crystal answers these and other questions about language. From hieroglyphics to trucker talk, from Shakespeare in pidgin to sneezing in Tongan, this is a stimulating and richly illustrated guide to the variety, structure, history and theory of language. David Crystal not only conveys the intrinsic fascination of the subject, but also its enormous complexity. The visual dimension of the encyclopedia throws a fresh light on what has traditionally been treated as a non-visual subject, with many drawings, photographs, maps, display boxes and extracts all integrated within the text. In addition, appendices, meticulous cross-referencing and indexing ensure that this is an authoritative work of reference for students, professionals and general readers alike.--Publisher description
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language by David Crystal( Book )

126 editions published between 1987 and 2019 in English and Chinese and held by 4,091 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the history, structure, and use of the English language discusses its origins and evolution, its use in literature, and its structural features, and addresses grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary
A dictionary of linguistics & phonetics by David Crystal( Book )

213 editions published between 1980 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 4,086 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fifth edition of A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics incorporates new words or senses that have developed in linguistics recently, based on recommendations by a team of experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics and sociolinguistics. The dictionary now includes more than 5,000 terms, grouped into over 3,000 entries. The layout has been modified to increase the effectiveness of cross-referencing, all abbreviations have been included in a separate list at the beginning of the book, and a table of symbols has been added."--Jacket
Language death by David Crystal( )

69 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 3,314 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The rapid endangerment and death of many minority languages across the world is a matter of widespread concern, not only among linguists and anthropologists but among all concerned with issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture. A leading commentator and popular writer on language issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question, 'Why is language death so important?', reviews the reasons for the current crisis and investigates what is being done to reduce its impact."--Jacket
Txtng : the Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal( Book )

33 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 3,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes a long hard look at the text-messaging phenomenon and its effects on literacy, language, and society. Young people who seem to spend much of their time texting sometimes appear unable or unwilling to write much else. Media outrage has ensued. "It is bleak, bald, sad shorthand," writes a commentator in the UK Guardian. "It masks dyslexia, poor spelling, and mental laziness." Exam answers using textese and reports that examiners find them acceptable have led to headlines in the tabloids and leaders in the qualities. Do young people text as much as people think? Do adults? Does texting spell the end of literacy? Is there a panic in the media? David Crystal looks at the evidence. He investigates how texting began and who uses it, why and what for. He shows how to interpret its mix of pictograms, logograms, abbreviations, symbols, and wordplay, and how it works in different languages. He explores the ways similar devices have been used in different eras and discovers that the texting system of conveying sounds and meaning goes back a long way, all the way in fact to the origins of writing - and he concludes that far from hindering literacy, texting may turn out to help it
'Think on my words' : exploring Shakespeare's language by David Crystal( )

39 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 3,030 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"'You speak a language that I understand not.' Hermione's words to Leontes in The Winter's Tale are likely to ring true with many people reading or watching Shakespeare's plays today. For decades, people have been studying Shakespeare's life and times, and in recent years there has been a renewed surge of interest in aspects of his language. So how can we better understand Shakespeare? How did he manipulate language to produce such an unrivalled body of work, which has enthralled generations both as theatre and as literature? David Crystal addresses these and many other questions in this lively and original introduction to Shakespeare's language. Covering in turn the five main dimensions of language structure - writing system, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and conversational style - the book shows how examining these linguistic 'nuts and bolts' can help us achieve a greater appreciation of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity."--Jacket
Begat : the King James Bible and the English language by David Crystal( )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,249 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How can a work published in 1611 have had such a lasting influence on the language? To answer this question, Crystal offers fascinating discussions of phrases such as "The skin of one's teeth" or "Out of the mouth of babes," tracing how these memorable lines have found independent life in the work of poets, playwrights, novelists, politicians, and journalists, and how more recently they have been taken up with enthusiasm by advertisers, Hollywood, and hip-hop. --from publisher description
A little book of language by David Crystal( Book )

33 editions published between 1900 and 2019 in 3 languages and held by 1,986 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, understanding the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling. From an infant's first words to the peculiar dialect of text messaging, A Little Book of Language ranges widely, revealing language's myriad intricacies and quirks. Crystal delves into the development of unique linguistic styles, the origins of obscure accents and the search for the first written word. He discusses the plight of endangered languages, as well as successful cases of linguistic revitalisation. Much more than a history, this book also turns to the future of language, exploring the effect of technology on our day-to-day reading, writing and speech. Through enlightening diagrams and quizzes, as well as Crystal's avuncular and entertaining style, A Little Book of Language reveals the story of lanugage to be a captivating tale for all ages"--Inside front flap
A dictionary of modern English usage by H. W Fowler( )

26 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and held by 1,824 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"No book had more influence on twentieth century attitudes to the English language in Britain than Henry Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage. It rapidly became the standard work of reference for the correct use of English in terms of choice of words, grammar, and style. Much loved for his firm opinions, passion, and dry humour, Fowler has stood the test of time and is still considered the best arbiter of good practice. One of today's leading experts on the language, David Crystal, has now reassessed Fowler's contribution in this new edition." "Crystal goes beyond the popular mythology surrounding Fowler's reputation to retrace his method and practice and arrive at a fresh evaluation of his place in the history of linguistic thought. With a wealth of entertaining examples he looks at Fowler's stated principles and the tensions between his prescriptive and descriptive temperaments. He reaches some surprising conclusions and shows that the Dictionary does a great deal more than make normative recommendations and express private opinions. In addition he offers a modern perspective in notes on some 300 entries, in which he shows how English has changed since the 1920s."--Jacket
The Cambridge biographical encyclopedia by David Crystal( Book )

37 editions published between 1994 and 1998 in 4 languages and held by 1,800 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Text and accompanying photographs present a collection of 16,000 biographies which describes the life, work, and achievements of each person
How language works : how babies babble, words change meaning, and languages live or die by David Crystal( Book )

51 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 1,779 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is not about music, cookery, or sex. But it is about how we talk about music, cookery, and sex--or, indeed, anything at all." Language is so fundamental to everyday life that we take it for granted. But as linguist Crystal makes clear, language is an extremely powerful tool that defines the human species. Crystal offers general readers a personal tour of the intricate workings of language. He moves effortlessly from big subjects like the origins of languages, how children learn to speak, and how conversation works to subtle but revealing points such as how email differs from both speech and writing in important ways, how language reveals a person's social status, and how we decide whether a word is rude or polite. Broad and deep, but with a light and witty touch, this is a layman's guide to how we communicate with one another.--From publisher description
The Cambridge encyclopedia by David Crystal( Book )

62 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and Chinese and held by 1,726 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The stories of English by David Crystal( Book )

44 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,660 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A history of the English language draws on the diversity of dialects and regional accents around the world, as well as the dialects that appear in a variety of literary classics, to explain the significance of the language
Pronouncing Shakespeare : the Globe experiment by David Crystal( )

20 editions published between 2005 and 2019 in English and held by 1,525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this unusual book, written immediately after the event, David Crystal records the story of the production, from initial proposal, through planning and rehearsals, to eventual performance and critical reaction. He explains the historical linguistic background, paying special attention to the question everyone asks: "How do we know how they spoke in those days?" His interviews with everyone involved in the production - director, actors, and audience - provide a lively commentary which brings together the worlds of linguistics, literature, and theatre studies."--Jacket
The Cambridge factfinder by David Crystal( Book )

51 editions published between 1993 and 2002 in English and held by 1,262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is packed with information on the universe; the Earth; the environment; natural history; human beings; world history; geography; society; religion and mythology; communications; science and technology; the world of learning; arts and culture; sports and games
The fight for English : how language pundits ate, shot, and left by David Crystal( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 1,257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Angst over the apostrophe and hysteria over hyphens: the English language has become a combat zone. Why are people so passionate about language? How has the fighting over English usage come about?" "David Crystal charts the clashes from Anglo-Saxon times via the language of Shakespeare and Samuel Johnson to our own time of texting and the greengrocer's apostrophe. While others have fought to impose their views on spelling and grammar, David Crystal - as ever scholarly yet entertaining - explains why we should say no to zero tolerance."--Jacket
The gift of the gab : how eloquence works by David Crystal( Book )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 1,222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking--from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence--from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers"--
Linguistics by David Crystal( Book )

105 editions published between 1971 and 1992 in 4 languages and held by 1,210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a range of terms associated with the field of linguistics. It concentrates on terms which cut across subject boundaries and which are central to general linguistic theory and practice. It deliberately avoids terms which are dealt with in the other books in the series
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The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
Language and the InternetThe Cambridge encyclopedia of languageThe Cambridge encyclopedia of the English languageA dictionary of linguistics & phoneticsLanguage deathTxtng : the Gr8 Db8'Think on my words' : exploring Shakespeare's languageBegat : the King James Bible and the English language
Alternative Names
Cristal David

Cristall David

Crsytal, David 1941-

Crystal, D.

Crystal, D. 1941-

Crystal, D. J.

Crystal David

Crystalas Davidas

Daiwei Kelisite'er 1941-

David, Crystal 1941-

David Crystal britischer Linguist und Autor

David Crystal Brits taalkundige

David Crystal brytyjski językoznawca i pisarz

David Crystal linguiste et auteur britannique

Kelisite'er, Daiwei 1941-

Kʻo-li-ssu-tʻe-erh, Tai-wei 1941-

Kristal, D. 1941-

Kristal, Dejvid.

Kristal, Dejvid 1941-

Krustal, Nteïbint 1941-

Tai-wei Kʻo-li-ssu-tʻe-erh 1941-

Дејвид Кристал

Кристал Дэвид

Դեյվիդ Քրիսթալ

דייוויד קריסטל סופר בריטי

دافيد كريستل، 1941-

ديفيد كريستال

دیوید کریستال زبان‌شناس و نویسنده بریتانیایی

ডেভিড ক্রিস্টাল

극리사특이, 대유 1941-

데이비드 크리스털 영국의 언어학자, 작가

크리스털, 데이비드 1941-

크리스틀, 데이빗 1941-

クリスタル, ディヴィッド

クリスタル, ディヴィド

クリスタル, デイヴィッド

クリスタル, デイヴィド

クリスタル, デイヴィド 1941-

クリスタル, デーヴィド


克里斯托 1941-

克里斯特尓, 戴维

克里斯特爾, 戴維 1941-


戴维克里斯特尔 1941-