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English as a Global Language (Canto Classics)
David Crystal

Cambridge University Press, 2012

David Crystal's classic English as a Global Language considers the history, present status and future of the English language, focusing on its role as the leading international language. English has been deemed the most 'successful' language ever, with 1500 million speakers internationally, presenting a difficult task to those who wish to investigate it in its entirety. However, Crystal explores the subject in a measured but engaging way, always ...
  
  











  



  
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language
David Crystal

Cambridge University Press, 2010

This new, thoroughly revised edition of the acclaimed Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language incorporates the major developments in language study which have taken place since the mid 1990s. Two main new areas have been added: the rise of electronic communication in all its current forms from email to texting, and the crisis affecting the world's languages, of which half are thought to be so seriously endangered that they will die out this century. ...
  
  











  



  
A Little Book of Language
David Crystal

Yale University Press, 2011

With a language disappearing every two weeks and neologisms springing up almost daily, an understanding of the origins and currency of language has never seemed more relevant. In this charming volume, a narrative history written explicitly for a young audience, expert linguist David Crystal proves why the story of language deserves retelling. From the first words of an infant to the peculiar modern dialect of text messaging, A Little Book of ...
  
  











  



  
Language Death (Canto)

Cambridge University Press, 2002

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 interested in the issues of cultural identity in an increasingly globalized culture. A leading commentator and popular writer on langauge issues, David Crystal asks the fundamental question, "Why is language death so important?", reviews the reason for the current crisis, and ...
  
  











  



  
Spell It Out: The Curious, Enthralling and Extraordinary Story of English Spelling
David Crystal

St. Martin's Press, 2013

The fascinating and surprising history of English spelling from David Crystal, everyone's favorite expert logophile With The Story of English in 100 Words, David Crystal took us on a tour through the history of our language. Now, with Spell It Out , he takes on the task of answering all the questions about how we spell: "Why is English spelling so difficult?" Or "Why are good spellers so proud of their achievement that when they see a ...
  
  











  



  
How Language Works
David Crystal

Avery Trade, 2007

Steven Pinker meets Bill Bryson in this landmark exploration of language. In the author's own words, " How Language Works 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 David Crystal makes clear in this work of unprecedented scope, language is an extremely powerful tool that defines the ...
  
  











  



  
Just A Phrase I'm Going Through: My Life in Language

Routledge, 2009

David Crystal offers us a special look behind the scenes at the adventures, rewards, challenges and pitfalls of his life in language. Both an autobiography and a highly accessible introduction to the field of linguistics, Just a Phrase I’m Going Through illuminates and entertains us with its many insights into the ever-fascinating subject of language. David Crystal is synonymous with language, both as a great populariser and linguistic ...
  
  











  



  
Deadpool Max
David Lapham

Marvel, 2012

Deadpool uncensored! Government agent Wade Wilson is a valuable assassin, but the unstable killer needs the guidance of a steady hand. It's Bob's job to make sure Deadpool completes his missions - by any means necessary. Unfortunately, Deadpool considers him something of a sidekick, and it's always the sidekick who takes one for the team. Then, Deadpool gets married! But things spiral straight down the tubes when his blushing bride goes on a ...
  
  











  



  
Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus
David Auburn, Rae Armantrout, ...

Oxford University Press, USA, 2012

Much more than a word list, the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus is a browsable source of inspiration as well as an authoritative guide to selecting and using vocabulary. This essential guide for writers provides real-life example sentences and a careful selection of the most relevant synonyms, as well as new usage notes, hints for choosing between similar words, a Word Finder section organized by subject, and a comprehensive language guide. ...
  
  











  



  
Shakespeare's Words: A Glossary and Language Companion
David Crystal, Ben Crystal

Penguin Books, 2002

One of the world's foremost authorities on the English language, and the actor Ben Crystal, have taken a fresh look at the vocabulary of Shakespeare's poems and plays and compiled a glossary of nearly 14,000 words and meanings that are frequently misunderstood by—or incomprehensible to—the modern reader. Every entry is supported by at least one illustrative quote to help the student, the teacher, the actor, the scholar, and the general ...
  
  











  



  
Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language
David Crystal

Oxford University Press, USA, 2011

"Let there be light," "A fly in the ointment," "New wine in old bottles," "How are the mighty fallen," "The salt of the earth." All these everyday phrases owe their popularity to the King James Bible. Indeed, it is said that this astonishing Bible has contributed more to the color and grace of the English language than almost any other literary source. In Begat , best-selling language expert David Crystal offers a stimulating tour of the ...
  
  











  



  
Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English-Language Tourist's Guide to Britain
David Crystal, Hilary Crystal

Oxford University Press, USA, 2013

Who formed and shaped the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a journey through Britain to discover the people who gave our language its colour and character; Saxon invaders, medieval scholars, poets, reformers, dictionary writers. Part travelogue, part history, this beautifully illustrated book is full of unexpected delights. The book relates a real journey. David and Hilary Crystal drove thousands of miles to produce this ...
  
  











  



  
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language
David Crystal

Cambridge University Press, 1997

English is arguably the nearest thing we have to a world language, and yet it is a language with a wealth of varieties, dialects, and traditions, all developing in different ways and at different speeds. This book is a superbly written and illustrated exploration of the history, structure, and use of English throughout the world. World-renowned linguist and author, David Crystal, explores the many facets and varieties of the English ...
  
  











  



  
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8

OUP Oxford, 2008

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 ...
  
  











  



  
The Stories of English

Overlook, 2005

More information to be announced soon on this forthcoming title from Penguin USA
  
  











  



  
Deadpool Team-Up - Volume 2
Rob Williams, David Lapham

Marvel, 2010

Everyone's favorite Merc with a Mouth continues hacking and wisecracking his way across the Marvel Universe in this second volume of DEADPOOL TEAM-UP! And there's guest-stars galore as he meets up with some of your favorite heroes. First, see Deadpool head over to England where he bumps into Captain Britain and does battle with Slaymaster. Then, what happens when the only person a demonic sorceress named Satana can fi nd to help her is our ...
  
  











  



  
The Story of English in 100 Words
David Crystal

Picador, 2013

In this entertaining history world’s most ubiquitous language, linguistics expert David Crystal draws on one hundred words that best illustrate the huge variety of sources, influences and events that have helped to shape our vernacular since the word "roe" was written down on the bone ankle of a roe deer in the fifth century. Featuring ancient words (‘loaf’), cutting-edge terms that reflect our ...
  
  











  



  
Language and the Internet
David Crystal

Cambridge University Press, 2006

In recent years, the Internet has come to dominate our lives. E-mail, instant messaging and chat are rapidly replacing conventional forms of correspondence, and the Web has become the first port of call for both information enquiry and leisure activity. How is this affecting language? There is a widespread view that as 'technospeak' comes to rule, standards will be lost. In this book, David Crystal argues the reverse: that the Internet has ...
  
  











  



  
Deadpool: Dead Head Redemption
Jason Aaron, Mike Benson, ...

Marvel, 2011

An all-star lineup of creators takes aim at the Merc with a Mouth to celebrate two historic comic milestones, Deadpool #900 and #1000! If this collection of octane-infused stories by some of comics' hottest talent doesn't make you want to genuflect at the Altar of Wade, nothing will. Thrill as the Merc with a Mouth squares off against probe-happy aliens, trigger-happy mimes and one seriously unhappy fanman.
  
  











  



  
Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics (The Language Library)

Wiley-Blackwell, 2011

David Crystal's A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics has long been the standard single-volume reference for its field. Now available in its sixth edition, it has been revised and updated to reflect the latest terms in the field. Includes in excess of 5,100 terms, grouped into over 3,000 entries Coverage reflects recommendations by a team of experts in phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, making ...
  
  











  








   



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