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David Crystal (1) (1941–)

Autor(a) de The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language

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About the Author

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

Obras de David Crystal

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language (1995) — Autor — 1,425 cópias
The Stories of English (2004) 1,298 cópias
How Language Works (2006) 918 cópias
A Little Book of Language (2010) 504 cópias
The Cambridge Factfinder (1993) 312 cópias
By Hook or By Crook (2007) 267 cópias
English as a Global Language (1997) 265 cópias
The Shakespeare Miscellany (2005) 238 cópias
Language Death (2000) 238 cópias
The Penguin Encyclopedia (2003) 220 cópias
Linguistics (1971) 198 cópias
Words Words Words (2006) 182 cópias
Rediscover Grammar (1988) 181 cópias
The Cambridge Encyclopedia (1990) — Editor — 168 cópias
Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 (2008) 155 cópias
Language and the Internet (2001) 140 cópias
Language Play (1998) 117 cópias
As They Say in Zanzibar (2006) 87 cópias
Making Sense of Grammar (2004) 47 cópias
Discover Grammar (1996) 33 cópias
The New Penguin Factfinder (2003) 32 cópias
A Dictionary of Language (2001) 29 cópias
What is Linguistics? (1968) 14 cópias
The New Penguin Encyclopedia (2002) 11 cópias
Clinical Linguistics (1981) 9 cópias
Grammatical Analysis of Language Disability (1976) — Autor — 9 cópias
Nineties Knowledge (1992) 7 cópias
Working with LARSP (1979) 3 cópias
Languages after Brexit : How the UK Speaks to the World (2018) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Patología del lenguaje (1989) 1 exemplar(es)
The Encyclopedia Codes (2020) 1 exemplar(es)
Language A to Z (1991) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

A Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926) — Editor, algumas edições3,059 cópias
Found in Translation: How Language Shapes Our Lives and Transforms the World (2012) — Prefácio, algumas edições140 cópias
What’s Language Got to Do with It? (2005) — Contribuinte — 51 cópias
Dr Johnson's Dictionary (2005) — Editor — 45 cópias
Eric Partridge in His Own Words (1939) — Editor — 38 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome padrão
Crystal, David
Nome de batismo
Crystal, David
Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Lisburn, Northern Ireland, UK
Locais de residência
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
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
Pequena biografia
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)]



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 | outras 8 resenhas | 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 | outras 18 resenhas | 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.… (mais)
therebelprince | outras 30 resenhas | Apr 21, 2024 |
This was a delight. Linguist David Crystal's word book of one hundred English words does a great job of exploring and explaining the history of English and how words change and get added to the language. He read it wonderfully, and his light Welsh accent contributed to its feeling like he was telling me a story. Recommended, especially on audio.
lycomayflower | outras 30 resenhas | Mar 29, 2024 |



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