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

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

by David Crystal
ISBN-10:
0415485746
ISBN-13:
9780415485746
Pub. Date:
04/30/2009
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
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Overview

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

Kidnapping, attempted assassination, espionage … not the answers you’d expect to the question ‘what happens when you become a linguist?’

But now, reflecting on a long and hugely successful career at the forefront of the field of English Language and Linguistics, David Crystal answers this question and 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 pioneer, and his contribution to the field is unparalleled. This is a book not just for students and teachers but for all lovers of language.

For more about David Crystal at Routledge, visit: www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415485746.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415485746
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Being a Linguist 2. A Semilingual Start 3. New Worlds 4. Liverpool School 5. Extra-curricular Acts 6. Learning, and Not Learning, About Language 7. Becoming Academic 8. Surveying 9. Worlds Within Worlds 10. Becoming Professional 11. The Sexy Subject 12. Meeting a Need 13. Choices and Consequences 14. Meetings and Meetings 15. Looking for Remedies 16. Why Did You Resign? 17. The Encyclopedia Game 18. Schizoid Man 19. Busyness and Business

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