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Words, Words, Words is all about the wonder of words. Drawing on a lifetime's experience, David Crystal explores language in all its rich varieties through words: the very building blocks of our communication. Language has no life of its own: it only exists in the mouths and ears, hands, eyes and brains of its users. As we are guided expertly and passionately through the mysteries and delights of word origins, histories, spellings, regional and social variations, taboo words, jargon, and wordplay, the contribution we all play in shaping the linguistic world around us becomes evident. Words, Words, Words is a celebration of what we say and how we say it. It invites us to engage linguistically with who we are: to understand what words tell us about where we come from and what we do. And as they continually shape our lives, it suggests ways that we can look at words anew and get involved with collecting and coining words ourselves.
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Table of Contents

1. THE UNIVERSE OF WORDS; 2. THE ORIGINS OF WORDS; 3. THE DIVERSITY OF WORDS; 4. THE EVOLUTION OF WORDS; 5. THE ENJOYMENT OF WORDS; 6. BECOMING A WORD DETECTIVE

About the Author

David Crystal is the foremost writer and lecturer on the English language, with a world-wide reputation and over 100 books to his name. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor, and has been awarded an OBE for services to the English Language.

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Renowned linguist Crystal (Univ. of Wales, Bangor; The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language) combines his expertise and infectious enthusiasm for language to create a highly readable book. Particularly suited to the amateur or novice English enthusiast, Words is divided into six parts, each of which begins with a concise content summary. Subjects include the origins of words, how words change, and how children learn language; the last two parts are devoted to encouraging a love of words and word study. Individual chapters look at general trends and patterns but also explore individual cases, geographical variances, and colloquialisms. Dense subject matter is broken up into interesting asides in text boxes, e.g., a list of proverbs about words. Crystal's love of his subject comes through in an engaging and informal yet informative writing style. For public and academic collections. [See Crystal's How Language Works, reviewed at left.-Ed.]-Rebecca Bollen Manalac, Sydney, Australia Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Witty. The Independent (Review) David Crystal gives us an enjoyable account of where words came from and what happens to them. Writing Magazine

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