In the late 1980s David Crystal wrote his testament to human language, celebrating the world's diversity and reveling in the beauty and complexity of expression. But even great references need the occasional overhaul. Crystal's new edition takes into account the linguistic changes wrought in the decade since the original's inception. With the introduction of new topics (conversational misunderstandings, for example), a more pleasing typeface, and full-color pictures, the tour de force that was his first edition has been upgraded to a new level of quality. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a collection of concise and readable essays on the many subfields of linguistics, ranging from the invention of the alphabet to the Kurzweil Reading Machine and covering both theoretical and applied approaches to the subject. Numerous illustrations and charts make the text more vivid, and a glossary, a table of the world's languages, and several indexes make it eminently usable. Respected British linguist Crystal has done an admirable job of condensing information from many specialized fields into a form that will be intelligible to lay readers as well as linguists. Useful for public as well as academic libraries. Catherine V. von Schon, SUNY at Stony Brook Lib.
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Indeed ,David Crystal is a great and famous linguist of this century .His books about language are very important for students and common readers . Read morePublished on May 1 2004 by Aslam Rasoolpuri
This book contains everything a linguist would ever want. David Crystal has brought together everything he knows about child language aquisition, journalese and a plethora of other... Read morePublished on Dec 16 2003 by R. Boshell
This isn't Everything You Need to Know to Become a Linguist. But it *is* a good reference book for people who aren't linguists and would like to see what the field is about. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2000 by Yoon Ha Lee
Great examples, photos, illustrations not to mention a wealth of information on various aspects of language study. Worth every penny!Published on Jan. 16 2000 by Scott G. Shelp
I blew it... I don't know how my earlier review of this book wound up with only two stars - I intended to give it FIVE stars, as I hope will be obvious to anyone who reads the... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2000 by Adelie
This is a "twofer" review - everything I say about this book also applies to Crystal's "Encyclopedia of the English Language. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2000 by Adelie
While it doesn't cover any particular subject with too much depth, this book provides a wonderful introduction to many aspects of linguistics, including sociolinguistics,... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 1999 by Zach May