Imatge de l'autor

David Crystal (1) (1941–)

Autor/a de The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

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104+ obres 12,975 Membres 185 Ressenyes 2 preferits

Sobre l'autor

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor.

Obres de David Crystal

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) — Autor — 1,431 exemplars, 11 ressenyes
The Cambridge encyclopedia of language (1987) 1,366 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
The Stories of English (2004) 1,307 exemplars, 18 ressenyes
How Language Works (2006) 918 exemplars, 12 ressenyes
A Little Book of Language (2010) 511 exemplars, 10 ressenyes
The Story of English in 100 Words (2011) 431 exemplars, 31 ressenyes
The Cambridge Biographical Encyclopedia (1994) 408 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Cambridge Factfinder (1993) 315 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The English Language: A Guided Tour of the Language (1988) 308 exemplars, 1 ressenya
By Hook or By Crook (2007) 268 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
English as a Global Language (1997) 266 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
The Shakespeare Miscellany (2005) 243 exemplars, 5 ressenyes
Language Death (2000) 239 exemplars
Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language (2010) 228 exemplars, 6 ressenyes
The Penguin Encyclopedia (2003) 220 exemplars
Linguistics (1971) 198 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Words Words Words (2006) 183 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Rediscover Grammar (1988) 183 exemplars, 1 ressenya
A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (1985) 179 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The Cambridge Encyclopedia (1990) — Editor — 169 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (2008) 155 exemplars, 9 ressenyes
Language and the Internet (2001) 140 exemplars
Think On My Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language (2008) 121 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Language Play (1998) 119 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
As They Say in Zanzibar (2006) 88 exemplars
The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works (2016) 62 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Pronouncing Shakespeare: The Globe Experiment (2005) 61 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Who Cares About English Usage? (1984) 52 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language (2007) 48 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Making Sense of Grammar (2004) 47 exemplars
Discover Grammar (1996) 33 exemplars
The New Penguin Factfinder (2003) 32 exemplars
A Dictionary of Language (2001) 29 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Barnes and Noble Encyclopedia (1993) 15 exemplars
What is Linguistics? (1968) 14 exemplars
Introduction to Language Pathology (1988) 11 exemplars, 1 ressenya
The New Penguin Encyclopedia (2002) 11 exemplars
Clinical Linguistics (1981) 9 exemplars
Grammatical Analysis of Language Disability (1976) — Autor — 9 exemplars
Nineties Knowledge (1992) 7 exemplars
Famous People (Penguin Pocket) (2006) 4 exemplars
Working with LARSP (1979) 3 exemplars
Languages after Brexit : How the UK Speaks to the World (2018) — Col·laborador — 3 exemplars
Making sense of English usage (1991) 3 exemplars
Linguistic Controversies 3 exemplars, 1 ressenya
On This Day (Penguin Pocket) (2006) 2 exemplars
Patología del lenguaje (1989) 1 exemplars
The Encyclopedia Codes (2020) 1 exemplars
Language A to Z (1991) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926) — Editor, algunes edicions3,069 exemplars, 22 ressenyes
Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World (2012) — Pròleg, algunes edicions142 exemplars, 8 ressenyes
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Col·laborador — 51 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Dr Johnson's Dictionary (2005) — Editor — 47 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Eric Partridge in His Own Words (1939) — Editor — 38 exemplars


Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Crystal, David
Nom oficial
Crystal, David
Data de naixement
Lloc de naixement
Lisburn, Northern Ireland, UK
Llocs de residència
Holyhead, North Wales, UK
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK
St. Mary's College
University College London (BA|1962|Ph.D)
Crystal, Ben (son)
University College, Bangor
University of Reading
Crystal Reference Systems Limited
Chartered Institute of Editing and Proofreading
Society of Indexers
Premis i honors
Officer, Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (1995)
Fellow, British Academy (2000)
Founding Fellow, Learned Society of Wales (2010)
Honorary Fellow, Chartered Institute of Linguists
Fellow, Royal College of Speech and Language
Biografia breu
David Crystal is one of the world's pre-eminent language specialists.  An honorary professor at Bangor University, he has published many books on the English language and linguistics, edited several general encyclopedia and written textbooks on language for use in schools.  He is a regular contributor to radio and television programs.  He lives in Holyhead, Wales.  [adapted from A Little Book of Language (2010)]



Engaging plot. Wryly humorous moments and interesting twists. Likable characters and nasty baddies.. What else can readers asks for? Well narrated and romantically clean.
C.L.Barnett | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Jul 11, 2024 |
I have this on my bedside table & am reading it slowly & savoring it. Makes me want to (a) go back to Wales and (b) take a linguistics course. Lovely writer!
Abcdarian | Hi ha 8 ressenyes més | May 18, 2024 |
"The Stories of English" is a necessary, dense, well-researched volume by an expert who clearly has a true passion for the language and its variations. However, it has some clear advantages and some very clear flaws. (I'm fully aware that it's a bit bathetic of me to dismiss any writing but this most wonderful of linguists, however I adore all of his other books!)

Crystal's mandate is clever and clear: provide a history of the evolution of the English language, with a particular eye to studying "non-standard English" in all its varieties. Changes to the language - be they merely regional slang, or international pidgin dialects - are too often forgotten, due to the fact that they rarely appear in surviving print documents, and Crystal wants to lift a light on the subject. We begin with a thorough examination of the growth of Early English, brought together by French, Latin, Anglo, Danish, and so on. Using extensive contemporary texts, Crystal analyses the development of the language, asking such questions as: why do some "loan words" overtake others?; why do some variations remain?; who has the right to decide which language is 'correct'?; and so on, and so forth. Gradually, he moves through Middle English, and into the Modern aspects of the language. Along the way, Crystal continues to provide lengthy excerpts from documents, and finds examples of how the 'non-standard' parts of the language arose, remained, and were treated by those on the 'right side' of English.

There are two particularly notable strengths to the book. The first is Crystal's true passion, which allows him to introduce a variety of texts from centuries ago, and make us feel intrigued by them. The second is his desire to expose the fallacies of those who believe English has exact rules, and should remain within its confines. From the earliest surviving texts, he finds examples of whiners - whether it be those who believe no French or Latin words should be included, or those who are terrified of ending sentences with prepositions - and explains where these mistaken beliefs came from. Crystal doesn't write everything off (he understands, after all, where they come from), but strives to show that strictness for strictness' sake is ridiculous.

However, the book is far from perfect. First of all, despite the claims in the blurb, Crystal's style is often dry and academic. Fair enough, this was never going to be "Gone with the Wind". But particularly in the early chapters, when the subject is six-hundred-year old manuscripts, and the variations of individual letters, it would've been promising to have a slightly more witty tour guide. And, while the first two-thirds of the story are comprehensive, the final third largely covers UK-specific English. There is one fascinating if dry chapter on the development of English throughout the world, but it's quite limited. Again, I understand the need for this, and it actually helps support Crystal's argument that much non-standard English, both on a historical and on a global standpoint, is under-researched, but - to a non-UK reader - things did become a bit specific toward the end.

Crystal has one other adorable but infuriating quirk. He's inclined to make witty - or at least clever - jokes and puns without prior explanation. On several occasions, however, the explanation is so obscure that he's forced to provide an endnote to his explanation of his own witticism. In these cases, he really could've done with just setting up the joke in the main body of the text, as I'd imagine most readers would have had to utilise these endnotes often!

All in all, I'm glad to have read this book. I picked up a lot of fascinating new information, and many of the excerpts were utterly astounding in what they exposed about the lives of our ancestors. At the same time, it never quite found the perfect balance between "popular science" and academia.
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therebelprince | Hi ha 17 ressenyes més | Apr 21, 2024 |
Very clever. Crystal uses each word as a starting point for a brief discussion on the ways our language has changed and developed over the centuries, reminding us all of the idiocy of such movements as "language reform", and of the joy we should feel every time we piece together a sentence. We're not just using a language. We're working with a breathing mass of orphans, stragglers, immigrants, and naturalised citizens from so many languages and cultures, now working together in an often unstable and cacophonic new world. And I love it.… (més)
therebelprince | Hi ha 30 ressenyes més | Apr 21, 2024 |



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