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Language A to Z (Student edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Student edition)
A new edition of this guide to language terms for students of English in the National Curriculum. First published in 1991, it is now made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
This series of books for schools - available for the first time online - originally appeared in 1991, and has been revised and updated to take account of the fresh interest in English language study that has been a part of the school curriculum over the past decade. There were originally two books, aimed at Key Stages 3 and 4, and these have now been integrated into a single work. A search facility has been added to the e-book to enable users to cross-refer between entries.

Over 400 language terms have been taken from the various programmes of study and explained in a lively and entertaining way, with cartoons added by Edward McLachlan. Topics include grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, punctuation, style, literary language, and questions of usage.

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Language A to Z (Teacher's edition) - e-book
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Language A-Z (Teachers edition)
A new edition of the companion book to Language A to Z, with a commentary on all the entries in the student book.
This book contains a commentary on the 400+ entries in the Student Book, providing answers to questions, extra information about topics, further examples, and references to specific sections in several contemporary texts. Over forty extra entries provide additional linguistic perspective.

From reviews of the first edition

About the Student Books: ‘The Crystal books pioneer an admirable course that might even lead to a solution - one day - of the vexed and vexing problems of linguistic nomenclature’. (Bill Mittins, NATE News)
About the Teachers’ Book: ‘a fascinating resource... the examples sparkle and the style is professional speaking to professional’ (Jim Sweetman, Books in Schools)

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Language BLANK literature: from conjunction to preposition
In Andrew Foley (ed.), English at the turn of the millennium (Proceedings of the 1998 conference of the English Academy of Southern Africa), 9-20; reprinted in English Today, 15, 13-21
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Language death
Cambridge: CUP, 2000, x+198 pp. 0 521 65321 5; Spanish translation, 2001, La muerte de las lenguas (Madrid: Cambridge University Press), 218 pp. 84 8323 134 4; Galician translation, 2003, A morte das linguas (Vigo: Editorial Galaxia), 261 pp. 84 8288 622 3; Serbian translation, 2003, Smrt jezika (Belgrade: eke XX Vek), 262 pp. 86 7562 023 3; Lithuanian translation, 2005, Kalbos myrtis (Vilnius: Tyto alba), 204 pp. 9986 16 446 X; Arabic translation 2006 (University of Tabuk);Turkish translation, 2007, Dillerin Katli (Istanbul: Profil Yayincilik), 230 pp.
Language Death
Language Death
Published in 2000, this was the first general introduction to the phenomenon of language endangerment and death of the world’s minority languages, reviewing the data, exploring the reasons, and discussing solutions.
Published in 2000, this was the first general introduction to the phenomenon of language endangerment and death of the world’s minority languages, reviewing the data, exploring the reasons, and discussing solutions.
Language death
Radio talk for Lingua Franca (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 1999); reproduced on e-mesh ltd web site, Nov 2000, and adapted for Quicksilver (Spring 2001), 74-6
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Language development in children.
Journal of the Society of Teachers of the Deaf 11, 1972, 4-11
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Language developments in British English
in Michael Higgins, Clarissa Smith and John Storey (eds), The Cambridge Companion to Modern British Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 26-41
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Language diversity, endangerment, and public awareness
paper given to the British Academy in 2010, published in British Academy Review, 18, 2011, 12-20 [a revisiting of papers given between 2003 and 2007]
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Language handicap in children
(National Council for Special Education), Developing Horizons in Special Education, 1984, Series No 7, 51 pp. No ISBN
Language in church
The Tablet, 16 June 1984, 570-2. Reprinted in Intercom, Feb 1985, 24-5
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Language in education: a linguistic perspective
In A. Cashdan (ed.), Language, reading and learning (Oxford: Blackwell, 1979), 13-28. Reprinted for Open University Course PE 232 Block 5, 1979. Reprinted in Directions in applied linguistics
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Language input variables in aphasia
In F.C. Rose (ed.), Progress in aphasiology (Advances in Neurology, 42) (New York: Raven Press, 1984), 145-58
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Language play
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1998, x+249. 0 14 027385 9; updated e-book edition, 2013 (Crystal Books Project)
Language play and linguistic intervention
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (3), 1996, 328-44; Russian translation from Ural State Pedagogical University in Lingvistika Creativa 3 (2014), 89-114
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Language Play - e-book
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Language Play
This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
‘a stimulating treat for everyone interested in language’ (Steven Pinker)

‘illuminating and extremely entertaining’ (Philip Hensher in The Mail on Sunday)

This updated edition of Language Play makes available online a book that was acclaimed for its innovative account of the neglected topic of language play or ‘ludic linguistics’, as it is sometimes called.

It explores a wide range of effects in both spoken and written language, such as puns, dialect humour, funny voices, in-jokes, invented words, crosswords, and the many language games that people like to play. It discusses why people devote so much time and energy to ludic language, and describes how many professionals - from comedians and copy-writers to poets and theologians make a career through their use of it.

The book has also been widely used by teachers, as its later chapters explore the way children learn to play with language and how reading materials can be enhanced, and children motivated, by introducing the dimension of language play.

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For all US and Canada sales, see the University of Chicago Press edition:http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo3630646.html
Language Play - Print on Demand (PoD)
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Language Play
This lively introduction to the playful use of language, first published in 1998, is made available again through the Crystal Books Project.
'a stimulating treat for everyone interested in language’ (Steven Pinker)

‘illuminating and extremely entertaining’ (Philip Hensher in The Mail on Sunday)

This updated edition of Language Play makes available online a book that was acclaimed for its innovative account of the neglected topic of language play or ‘ludic linguistics’, as it is sometimes called.

It explores a wide range of effects in both spoken and written language, such as puns, dialect humour, funny voices, in-jokes, invented words, crosswords, and the many language games that people like to play. It discusses why people devote so much time and energy to ludic language, and describes how many professionals - from comedians and copy-writers to poets and theologians make a career through their use of it.

The book has also been widely used by teachers, as its later chapters explore the way children learn to play with language and how reading materials can be enhanced, and children motivated, by introducing the dimension of language play.

NOTE: The e-book you purchase can be read on most eReaders. If you have a Kindle device you will need to select the Mobi file to download after you have paid for your e-book, but for any other device please download the normal ePub file.

For all US and Canada sales, see the University of Chicago Press edition:http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/L/bo3630646.html.
Language Research in Progress
(Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 1966-70)
Language Research in Progress, Vol. 1 (ed.)
(Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 1966), 38 pp [now in LAGB archive]
Language Research in Progress, Vol. 2 (ed.)
(Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 1967), 40 pp [now in LAGB archive]
Language Research in Progress, Vol. 3 (ed.)
(Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 1969), 43 pp [now in LAGB archive]
Language Research in Progress, Vol. 4 (ed.)
(Linguistics Association of Great Britain, 1970), 37 pp [now in LAGB archive]
Languages on the Internet
Talk for Lingua Franca, March 2001, ABC
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Languages on the Web
Guardian Weekly, 25 January 2001
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Learning to be a linguist: the growth of linguistics in Britain in the 20th century
In Alistair G H Walker (ed), Classics revisited: Wegbereiter der Linguistik neu gelesen (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1016), 195-212
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Le statut méthodologique de l'analyse linguistique: un problème posé par le langage théologique
Cahiers internationaux de symbolisme 26, 1974, 15-24. (Trans. by E. André). Revised for Vesey, 1978
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Lexical explosions
Around the Globe 45, 2010, 20-21
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Life in language: an interview with David Crystal by John A Stotesbury
The European English Messenger, 2009, 51-8
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Linguistic controversies (ed.)
London: Edward Arnold, 1982, xiv+257 pp. 0 7131 6349 6
Linguistic critique of the Bullock Report
Reading, June 1975. Reprinted in Directions in Applied Linguistics. [See book]
Linguistic encounters with language handicap
(Oxford: Blackwell, 1984), xi+171 pp. 0 631 13869 2; paperback edition, 1987. 0 631 15493 0
Linguistic factors in specific learning disability
In Current research into specific learning difficulties: neurological aspects (Berkshire & Oxford Dyslexia Associations, 1982), 1-13
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Linguistic feasting
Around the Globe 41, 2009, 28-9
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Linguistic levels in aphasia
In F.C. Rose, R. Whurr & M.A. Wyke (eds), Aphasia (London: Whurr, 1988), 23-45
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Linguistic mythology and the first year of life.
British Journal of Disorders of Communication 8, 1973, 29-36
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Linguistics
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971), 250 pp. (Revised edition, 1981) 0 14 021332 5; Portuguese translation 1973, A linguística (Lisbon: Dom Quixote), 322 pp. No ISBN; German translation 1975, Einführung in die Linguistik (Stuttgart: Kohlhammer), 232 pp. 3 17 001368 8
Linguistics
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985), 2nd edn 276 pp. 0 14 022640 0 Japanese translation, 1988, 4 523 30052 6
Linguistics, language and religion
London: Burns Oates / New York: Hawthorn Books, 1965, 191 pp. No ISBN
Linguistics: overview
In N.J. Smelser and P.B. Bates (eds), International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Pergamon, 2001), 8948-54
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Linguistics Abstracts (editor)
(Blackwells, 1985-96)
Linguistics and English language
Which Course? 28 (4), 1999, 16-17, 21 (Dominion Press)
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Linguistics and indexing
The Indexer 14, 1984, 3-7
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Linguistics and liturgy
The Church Quarterly 2, 1969, 23-30
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Linguistics and the social sciences
SSRC Report, reprinted in Sociolinguistics Newsletter (October 1973), 1-22
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Linguistics entries
In A. Bullock & O. Stalleybrass (eds), A dictionary of modern thought (London: Fontana, 1978). 2nd edn, 1988
Linguistic strangeness
In Margaret Bridges (ed.), On strangeness (Tübingen: Narr), Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 5, 1990, 109-20
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Listening most precisely on the event
Around the Globe 28, 2004, 25-7. Reprinted in Speaking English 38 (Spring 2005), 7-10
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Listen to your child
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986), 240 pp. 0 14 011015 1; 0 14 046753 X
Listen to Your Child
Listen to your child
First published in 1986, this introduction to child language acquisition was written for parents and others who care for children, and covers development from birth to the early school years.
First published in 1986, this introduction to child language acquisition was written for parents and others who care for children, and covers development from birth to the early school years.
Literacy 2000
English Today 8, 1986, 9-13
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Literacy in the next milenn ... milleni ... in the next century.
Literacy for All (National Literacy Association), 2, 1997; reprinted in LACMF (Literacy Across the Curriculum: Media Focus, Centre for Literacy, Montreal), 13 (3), 1998, 18-19
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Literature of the future: language of the past (and present)
In I. Lindblad & M. Ljung (eds), Proceedings from the 3rd Nordic Conference for English Studies (Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1987), 41-52 [another version of 'The language of the age', 1985]
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Little doing in Much Ado, but endings are well in All's Well
Around the Globe 47, 2011, 26-7
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Living On
(stage play), 1998
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Local Englishes
Europa Vicina, 17, March 2008, 3-5
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Lost for words
On Business, 2, 2010, 21-2
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Lost in translation.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, BBC Publications, April 2010, 68-72
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Loud sing Westminster! The Cathedral's saintly poet
Oremus (Westminster Cathedral Magazine), 188, January 2014, 6-7
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Loving linguistic ludicity
University of Berne centenary publication, 1999. (based on Language Play)
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Making a point: the pernickety story of English punctuation
(London: Profile Books, 2015), xiii + 378 pp. 9781781253502; US edn (New York: St Martin's Press, subtitle: 'the persnickety story of English punctuation'), 9781250060419; e-book 9781466865648
Making grammar over
Times Higher Education Supplement, 2004.
Making sense: the glamorous story of English grammar
London: Profile Books, 2017, xvii + 281 pp. 9781781256015
Making sense of English (editor)
(Edinburgh: Chambers, 1990-3)
Making sense of English usage
Edinburgh: Chambers, 1991, xii+127 pp. 0 550 18036 2; China edition 1993, 7 5062 1568 3
Making sense of grammar
London: Pearson Longman, 2004, 400 pp. 0 582 84863 6
Making sense of sense
Paper given to Zürich University Englisches Seminar series 'Sprache verstehen', 20 September 2012, published in E. Glaser, A. Kolmer, M. Meyer & E. Stark (eds), Sprache(n) verstehen (Zürich: vdf Hochschulverlag AG), 21-32
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Master Henslowe's diary
Meeting the need for case studies
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3 (3), 1987, 305-10
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Mini-essays (6)
for The New Penguin Dictionary (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 2000)
Models of language pathology
In R.E. Asher, et al. (eds), The encylopedia of language and linguistics (Oxford: Pergamon, 1993)
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Mother-tongue India
Talk for Lingua Franca (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), January 2005
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Moving towards an English family of languages?
Folia Anglistica (Festschrift for Olga S Akhmanova) (Moscow: Moscow State University, 1998), 84-95; part adapted for British Council Conference
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Names, names, names
Around the Globe 6 (Winter 1997), 12-13
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Neglected grammatical factors in conversational English
In S. Greenbaum, G. Leech & J. Svartvik (eds), Studies in English linguistics: for Randolph Quirk (London: Longman, 1980), 153-66
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Neglected linguistic principles in the study of reading
In D. Moyle (ed), Reading: what of the future? (London: Ward Lock Educational, 1975), Proceedings of the 11th Annual Conference of UKRA, 26-34. Revised for Directions in Applied Linguistics
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New Englishes: going local in Brazil
Braz-TESOL Newsletter, 2, 2010, 12-15
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New perspectives for language study: II Semiotics
English Language Teaching 24, 1970, 209-15
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New perspectives for language study: I Stylistics
, English Language Teaching 24, 1970, 99-106
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New words for old
Editing Matters 1, 2009, 4
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New words in English
24 'minute' talks, BBC Learning English: Keep Your English Up To Date, series 2, 2007. BBC Learning English
New words in English
26 'minute' talks, BBC Learning English: Keep Your English Up To Date, 2004. BBC Learning English
New words? It all-depends
Around the Globe 5 (Autumn 1997), 32; ; reprinted in Modern English Teacher (8:4, 1999), 20-21
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Nick without froth
Around the Globe 23½, 2003, 14
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Nineties knowledge (ed.)
(Edinburgh: Chambers/Singapore: Federal Publications, 1992), ix+182 pp. 0 550 17254 8; 981 01 2095 8
Non-segmental phonology in language acquisition
Lingua 32, 1973, 1-45. Revised in The English Tone of Voice
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Non-segmental phonology in religious modalities
In W.J. Samarin (ed), Language in religious practice (Rowley: Newbury House, 1976), 17-25. Reprinted (sic) in English Tone of Voice, 1975.
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Normal and abnormal development of intonation
In Seven Ages of Man, Proceedings of the 7th National Conference of the College of Speech Therapists, Cardiff, 1975, 13-33
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Nothing for ages then two at once
Around the Globe 14, 2000, 20-21; reprinted in e magazine 10 (2000), 52-3
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O, but one word
Around the Globe 11, 1999, 34-5
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Objective and subjective in stylistic analysis
In B.B. Kachru & H. Stahlke (eds),Current trends in stylistics (Edmonton: Linguistic Research Inc, 1972). 103-14. Reprinted in Directions in applied linguistics
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'O brave new world, that has such corpora in it!' New trends and traditions on the Internet
plenary paper to ICAME 32, 'Trends and Traditions in English Corpus Linguistics', Oslo, June 2011
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O brave new world, that has such indexers in it!
In Anthology for the Millennium (Sheffield: The Society of Indexers, 1999), 34-5
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Of infinite tongue
Sam Wanamaker lecture (with Ben Crystal), Shakespeare's Globe, 19 March 2003
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Oh what a tangled web we weave
Science and Spirit (November-December 2004), 34-5
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