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Walking English (Paperback)

Walking English (Paperback)

David Crystal

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-263-0
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8
Paperback
Overlook
9/29/2009

Product Description

In this discursive jaunt through the groves and thickets of the English language, David Crystal creates a mesmerizing and entertaining narrative account of his encounters with the language and its speakers. Woven from personal reflections, historical allusions, and observations of travelers, this fascinating journey through the language we use every day will have readers thinking twice about each word they speak.

Starting in Wales and moving from England to San Francisco by way of, yes, Poland, Crystal encounters numerous linguistic side roads that he cannot resist exploring, from pubs to trains to Tolkien. Walking English captures the seductive, quirky, teasing, tantalizing nature of the language itself—a Bill Bryson-esque exploration of language by our foremost expert on the subject.

Author Information
David Crystal is one of the world’s best-known and most respected commentators on language. He is the author of numerous books on the subject, including How Language Works, The Story of English, and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. He lives in Wales.

Praise for Walking English
“Peels back the layers of history compressed into the [names] he encounters or just thinks of along the way—names of places, mainly, but also of abbots, churches, pubs and locomotives ... like passing the afternoon with a knowledgeable uncle.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Every page of Crystal’s book contains some linguistic curiosity or flight of fancy.” —The Financial Times

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