A delightfully discursive, Bill Bryson-esque and personal journey through the groves and the thickets of the English language, by our foremost scholar of the. By Hook Or By Crook book. Read 47 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A personal journey through the groves and thickets of the Engli.
Enjoyable, but only for those who aren't looking for anything academic. David Crystal has published over 90 books on the subject of the English language, including two encyclopaedias, 'The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Language' and The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language'. His book, 'The Stories of English' was a bestseller for Penguin.
He has lectured in linguistics all his life, first at Bangor, then at Reading and is now Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales. He has also been a consultant, contributor or presenter on many radio and TV series including 'The Story of English'.
David Crystal. Essentially the author traveled around and wrote about what inspired him.
Enjoyable, but only for those who aren't looking for anything academic. David Crystal.
The author obviously possesses a wealth of knowledge but could not communicate it to me effectively. Deakin University Library. Add To List. Finalize Account. It's fascinating and fun. Shipping address same as billing.
Crystal sets off on a delightfully discursive journey through the groves and thickets of the English language, combining personal reflections, historical allusions, and traveler's observations to create a mesmerizing and entertaining narrative account of his encounters with the language and its speakers. Starting in his home of Wales and moving from England all the way to Poland and off to San Francisco, Crystal encounters numerous linguistic side roads that he cannot resist exploring.