Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language

Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language

by David Crystal


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Walking English: A Journey in Search of Language by David Crystal

A fascinating and insightful romp through the language we speak every day, by the linguistic expert who "succeeds again and again with clarity, wit and enthusiasm" (New York Times)
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590202630
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Crystal is honorary professor of linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and the editor of The Penguin Encyclopedia.

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