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
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.
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