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The joy of text
New Statesman, Supplement on 'Our Mobile Future', 15 September 2003, 16-17
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The joy of txt
Spotlight, November 2008, 16-21
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The Language Library (editor)
(Andre Deutsch, then Blackwells, 1978-2012)
The language of Shakespeare
Introductory essay to Stanley Wells and Gary Taylor, The Complete Works (Oxford: OUP, 2005), xlv-lxiv
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The language of Shakespeare
In S. Wells & L. Orlin (eds), Shakespeare: an Oxford guide (Oxford: OUP, 2003), 67-78
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The language of the age
In K. Jankowsky (ed), Scientific and humanistic dimensions of language, Festschrift for Robert Lado (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1985), 399-408
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The language revolution
(Cambridge: Polity Press, 2004), ix+142 pp. (h/b) 0 7456 3312 9; (p/b) 0 7456 3313 7. Spanish translation: La revolución del lenguaje (Madrid: Alianza, 2005), 167 pp. 84 206 4730 6. Basque translation: Hizkuntzaren iraultza (Donostia: Erein, 2007), 156 pp. 978 84 9746 388 1
The Language Revolution
The Language Revolution
Published in 2004, this book was published in a series called ‘Themes for the 21st Century’, and interrelates three major trends: global English, endangered languages, and the Internet
Published in 2004, this book was published in a series called ‘Themes for the 21st Century’, and interrelates three major trends: global English, endangered languages, and the Internet
The language that took over the world
[not my title], The Guardian, 22 February 1997, 21. Reprinted in Spotlight (Germany), 7, 1997, 12-16 (+ cassette)
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The linguistic status of prosodic and paralinguistic features
Proceedings of the University of Newcastle-upon Tyne Philosophical Society 1 (8), 1966, 93-108
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The lure of words
In John R Taylor (ed), The Oxford handbook of the word (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015), 23-8
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The Memors - e-book
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The Memors
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.

'A truly enthralling story ... The style of writing is refined, engrossing, and keeps you on tenterhooks throughout.' (Huffington Post)

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

David Crystal's Glossary provides extra help for young learners whose mother-tongue is not Englsh.

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.
The Memors Glossary: an ELT Resource for Language Learners
(Holyhead: Crystal Books, 2014), 173 pp, 9781909459168
The Memors Glossary - e-book
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The Memors - Glossary
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.

The definitions have been adapted from this dictionary, with additional entries using the same defining vocabulary.
The Memors Glossary - Print on Demand (PoD)
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The Memors - Glossary
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.
This glossary contains all words or expressions in the novel other than those that appear in the Longman 2000-word defining vocabulary (see the appendix to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English), as well as words using nonstandard spellings and colloquial abbreviations.

The definitions have been adapted from this dictionary, with additional entries using the same defining vocabulary.
The Memors - Print on Demand (PoD)
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The Memors
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel is now available through the Crystal Books Project.
Published in 2013, Hilary Crystal’s debut techno-fantasy novel for tweenagers is now available through the Crystal Books Project.

'A truly enthralling story ... The style of writing is refined, engrossing, and keeps you on tenterhooks throughout.' (Huffington Post)

'From start to finish, I found it impossible to put down. It is thoroughly a great book.' (Harry, aged 13)

David Crystal's Glossary provides extra help for young learners whose mother-tongue is not Englsh.

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.
The more things change...
IATEL Voices 250 (2016), 11
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The moving power of spoken language
Responaut, Winter / Spring (1983-4), 20, 12-13
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The nature of advanced conversation: stereotype and reality in linguistics and language teaching
IRAL Sonderband, Kongressbericht der 4 Jahrestagung der Gesellschaft für angewandte Linguistik (Heidelberg: Gross, 1974), 1-20. Used as part of Crystal & Davy, 1975. Reprinted in Directions in Applied Linguistics
The nature of specific language disorder in children and its assessment: the linguistic angle
In Invalid Children's Aid Association, Advances in working with language disordered children (London: ICAA, 1986), 1-5
The new Penguin encyclopedia (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2002), x+1688 pp. 0 141 00917 9
The new Penguin factfinder (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2003), xx+938 pp. 0 141 01109 2
The Oxford dictionary of original Shakespearean pronunciation
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), li + 648 pp. 9780199668427
The Oxford Dictionary of Original Shakespearean Pronunciation
ODOSP
A dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary, including all the words in the First Folio, with Early Modern English pronunciation shown in IPA. Entries contain all rhymes and spelling variants. There is an associated audio website.
A dictionary of Shakespearean vocabulary, including all the words in the First Folio, with Early Modern English pronunciation shown in IPA. Entries contain all rhymes and spelling variants. An introduction discusses the nature of the evidence in phonological reconstruction and explains the history of the modern OP movement. There is an associated audio website.
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary
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A collaboration between David and Ben Crystal, with full-colour illustrations by Kate Bellamy. A combination of dictionary and encyclopedia providing clear explanations of the less familiar vocabulary of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
A collaboration between David and Ben Crystal, with full-colour illustrations by Kate Bellamy. A combination of dictionary and encyclopedia providing clear explanations of the less familiar vocabulary of Shakespeare's most popular plays.
The past, present and future of English parsing
English Today 3, 1985, 21-5
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The past, present and future of English rhythm
In M. Vaughan-Rees, Changes in pronunciation (special issue of Speak Out!), IATEFL, 1996, 8-13
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The past, present and future of World English
In Andreas Gardt & Bernd Hüppauf (eds), Globalization and the future of German (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 2004), 27-46
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The Penguin book of facts (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2004), xx+939 pp. 0 141 01857 7
The Penguin concise encyclopedia (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2003), x+1028 pp. 0 141 01110 6
The Penguin concise encyclopedia (ed.)
(London: Penguin Reference, 2005), x+1045 pp. 0 141 01706 6
The Penguin dictionary of language
2nd edition of the 1992 Encyclopedic dictionary (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1999), vii+390 pp. 0 14 051416 3
The Penguin encyclopedia (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2004), 2nd edn. x+1698 pp. 0 140 51543 7
The Penguin encyclopedia (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2006), 3rd edn. x + 1488 pp. 014051578X
The Penguin factfinder (ed.)
(London: Penguin, 2007), 3rd edn. xx + 939 pp. 9780141026220
The picture of Dorian Gray (ed. with D. Strange)
(Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1992), Penguin Authentic Texts, xii+276 pp. 0 14 081333 0
The place of linguistics as a social science
Memorandum to the Social Science Research Council, 1968
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The problem of language variety: an example from religious language
In G. Vesey (ed), Communication and understanding, 1975-6 Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures (Hassocks: Harvester Press, 1978), 195-207. Revision of 'Le statut ...'
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The Queen's English
Interview in Spotlight, June 2002, 18-22
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Therapie du langage: les fondements linguistiques
In Actes Scientifiques du Congrès International d'Orthophonie, Nice (Paris: Fédération Nationale des Orthophonistes, 1988), 21-8; Speech therapy: the linguistic foundation, 29-36
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The reason why ...
English Today 2, 1985, 30
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The scope of Internet linguistics
American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting, 18 February 2005; shortened version in The Western Mail, February
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The Shakespearean status of the Danielle poems: some lexical notes
Unpublished paper
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The Shakespeare Miscellany (with Ben Crystal)
(London: Penguin, 2005), x+214 pp. 0 140 51555 0
The stories of English
(London: Penguin, 2004), viii+565 pp. 0 713 99752 4; paperback edition 0 141 01593 4. US h/b edition, New York: Overlook Press, 1 58567 601 2; p/b 1 58567 719 1; Chinese simplified characters translation, h/b 2016, The Commercial Press, 978 7 100 11791 3
The Stories of English
The Stories of English
Published in 2004, this account of the history of the language places nonstandard varieties of English at the centre of the narrative, providing an alternative view to those accounts which focus exclusively on standard English.
Published in 2004, this account of the history of the language places nonstandard varieties of English at the centre of the narrative, providing an alternative view to those accounts which focus exclusively on standard English.
The Story of English in 100 Words
The story of english in 100 words
Published in 2011, this is a personal selection of 100 words, each representing a strand in the history of the language, and providing a hook on which to hang a discussion of linguistic developments and fashions.
Published in 2011, this is a personal selection of 100 words, each representing a strand in the history of the language, and providing a hook on which to hang a discussion of linguistic developments and fashions.
The story of English in 100 words
(London: Profile, 2011) xxi + 260 pp. 9781846684272; p/b (2012) 9781846684289; p/b (New York: St Martin's Press, Picador edition, 2013) 9781250024206; Japanese translation (2013) 9789867120557; audio book from Audiogo, 8 CDs, 7 hr 55 min. 9781445865195; (Chivers Audiobooks, CCD 2774) 9781445860626; (Sound Library, SLD 2882) 9780792791546
The Story of English in 100 Words: Audio Book
The story of english in 100 words - audiobook
Published in 2011, an unabridged reading of the book by the author; seven discs contain almost eight hours of recording.
Published in 2011, an unabridged reading of the book by the author; seven discs contain almost eight hours of recording.
The story of English punctuation: Making a Point
emagazine 71, 2016, 9-11
The story of English (with Tom McArthur)
18 scripts for BBC World Service, 1987
The story of language
Broadcast talk, The Essay, Radio 3, 3 June 2016
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The story of Ucheldre
(Holyhead: Holy Island Press, 2007), 72 pp. 0 951 30638 3
The structure and function of language
Paper for the meeting on Language development and communication problems of the handicapped, The Medical Education and Information Unit of the Spastics Society, Oxford, January 1984
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The structure of language
In R. Beard (ed.), Teaching literacy: balancing perspectives (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1993), 15-21. Revised reprint of Ch. 1 of Child language, learning and linguistics
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The tongue that Shakespeare really spoke
Babel 7 (May 2014), 14-18
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The ugliest words
Guardian Review, 18 July 2009, 5
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The unbelievable Hamlet discovery
(Holyhead: Crystal Books, 2016), 72 pp. 9781909459199
The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery - Print on Demand (PoD)
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The Unbelievable Hamlet Discovery
Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. An April 1st publication for the quartercentenary in 2016.
Rumours that a lost Hamlet quarto has been found have been circulating among Shakespeare scholars and booksellers for the past decade. As part of the quartercentenary Shakespeare celebrations, and in response to enormous popular demand, David Crystal made the text of his discovery available to the general public, published on 1 April 2016.

This book will revolutionize our understanding of Shakespeare.
Journal of H Studies

Crystal's insightful introduction will stimulate a new generation of Shakespeare scholars. Who knows what further discoveries now await us?
Octolitteraphilic Review

It brought tears to my eyes.
Horatio, via Twitter
The visit
(play for television), 1983
The world in which we live in: Beatles, blends and blogs
Plenary paper to IATEFL annual conference, Liverpool, 9 April 2013, shortened version in Tania Pattison (ed), IATEFL 2013 (Faversham: IATEFL, 2014), 10-17
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The world of language
Tokyo: Shohakusha, 2002, iv+142 pp. 4 88198 530 2 (selections from CEL 2nd edition by Hajime Narita)
The world's favourite language
Speak Up (Milano) 341, August 2013, 42-3 [transcription of audio recording]
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Things to remember when transcribing speech
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 1 (2), 1985, 235-9
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Thinking about dictionaries
BBC English, November 1970, 8-9
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Think on my words: exploring Shakespeare's language
Cambridge: CUP, 2008, xii+254 pp. 978 0 521 87694 0; Canto Classics edn 2012, 978 1 107 61180 1
Think on my Words: Exploring Shakespeare's Language
Think on my Words
Published in 2008, this introduction explores the myths and realities surrounding Shakespeare’s use of language, and provides a detailed analysis of orthography, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style.
Published in 2008, this introduction explores the myths and realities surrounding Shakespeare’s use of language, and provides a detailed analysis of orthography, pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, and conversational style.
This man is worth £100,000 a year
[their title] High Life (British Airways), June 2000, 104-8
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This was your life
(end-of-year play, UCL), 1961
Those tricksy words.
Around the Globe 8 (Winter 1998), 34-5
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To be Englished rightly
 Around the Globe 34, 2006, 26-27
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To modernize or not to modernize: there is no question
Around the Globe 21, 2002, 15-17; adapted as talk for Lingua Franca, 'Does Shakespeare's English need translating?' (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2003)
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Too few words for the future
The Age, Extra (Melbourne), 14 August 1999, 8. [Original title: Writing about writing about language]
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To surf or not to surf: that is the question
The Ben Bowen Thomas lecture (Arts Council of Wales), 21 November 1996; published in Network 1, December 1998, 3-10
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To use or not to use ...
English Today 1, 1985, 27
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Towards a 'bucket' theory of language disability: taking account of interaction between linguistic levels
Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics 1, 1987, 7-22
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Towards a philosophy of language diversity
Paper given to conference on 'Dialogue of Cultures', Reykjavik, 14 April 2005
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Towards a philosophy of language management
Keynote paper at the conference 'Integrating Content and Language in Higher Education', Maastricht, 28 June 2006; in Robert Wilkinson & Ver Zegers (eds), Researching Content and Language in Higher Education (Maastricht Language Centre, 2007), 19-31.
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Towards a typographical linguistics
Type 2(1), Spring 1998, 7-23
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Trade descriptions apt
Reader's Digest, May 1987, 75
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Translating Shakespeare into English: a debate, with John McWhorter and Ben Crystal
In Dudley Knight (ed.), A world of voice: voice and speech across culture, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, 2011, 38-51
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Trying to keep up with English
Lingua Franca (Australian Broadcasting Corporation), November 2003
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Twenty-first century English
Keynote speech to IATEFL Annual Conference, March 2001
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Twenty years that changed the English language
E mag 61 (London: English and Media Centre), September 2013, 6-8
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Txting: the gr8 db8
Oxford: OUP, 2008, ix + 239 pp. 9780199544905; (p/b) (2009) 9780199571338; Chinese translation (Taipei: Good Morning Press, 2010) 250 pp. 9789866613180
Txtng: the Gr8 Db8
txtng the gr8 db8
Published in 2008, this was the first thorough exploration of the language used in text-messaging, including a critique of the way this has been misrepresented in the media, and a review of educational research into texting and literacy.
Published in 2008, this was the first thorough exploration of the language used in text-messaging, including a critique of the way this has been misrepresented in the media, and a review of educational research into texting and literacy.
TXT NY1?
In Susan Tresman and Ann Cooke (eds),The dyslexia handbook (Reading: British Dyslexia Association, 2006), 179-83 [expansion of New Statesman 2003 article]
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Un-finished
Around the Globe 17, 2001, 22-3
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ur a gd mn mr gum;-)
The Zurich Magazine, Summer/Autumn 2010, 9
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Usage notes to Readers Digest Great Illustrated Dictionary
Vanishing languages
Civilization (Library of Congress), February-March 1997, 40-45; reprinted in Annual Editions: Geography, 1998-9, 212-16
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Verbing
Around the Globe 7 (1998), 20-21; reprinted in Modern English Teacher 9 (1), 2000, 18-19
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Vice-presidential address to SfEP
In Editing Matters, November-December 2004, 1
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Viva voce!
Llandudno October Festival, 1994, 7-8, 52
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Voices: a case study in the evolution of a linguistic climate at the BBC
In Clive Upton and Bethan L. Davies (eds.), Analysing 21st-century British English: conceptual and methodological aspects of the 'Voices' project (Abingdon: Routledge, 2013), 12-25
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Walking English: a journey in search of language
(New York: Overlook Press, 2009), US p/b edition with new title for By hook or by crook: a journey in search of English (2007) 9781590202630
Watching World English grow
IATEFL Nesletter, 1997; adapted for Concorde 5, English-Speaking Union, Autumn 1997, 6-7
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Watch your language: top books on the history and use of English
Five Best: Wall Street Journal, 20 May 2006
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