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Just a Phrase I’m Going Through: My Life in Language: Audio Book
Just a Phrase I_m Going Through - My Life in Language - Audio Book
Published in 2009, an abridged version of the autobiography, read by the author. Four discs contain some five hours of recording.
Published in 2009, an abridged version of the autobiography, read by the author. Four discs contain some five hours of recording.
Keypad shorthand
[original title: TXT, NE1?]. In e magazine 11, 2001, 26-7
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Language, life, the universe ...
English Today 4, 1985, 37-8
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Language and the Internet, 2nd edn
Language and the Internet
First published in 2001, the rapid evolution of the Internet motivated a 2nd edition in 2006. New chapters on blogging and instant messaging supplement the earlier accounts of emails, chatgroups, virtual worlds, and the World Wide Web.
First published in 2001, the rapid evolution of the Internet motivated a 2nd edition in 2006. New chapters on blogging and instant messaging supplement the earlier accounts of emails, chatgroups, virtual worlds, and the World Wide Web.
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 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 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 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
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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Local Englishes
Europa Vicina, 17, March 2008, 3-5
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Lost in translation.
Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, BBC Publications, April 2010, 68-72
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Making a point: the pernickety story of English punctuation
(London: Profile Books, 2015), xiii + 378 pp. (h/b) 9781781253502, (p/b) 9781781253519; US edn (New York: St Martin's Press, subtitle: 'the persnickety story of English punctuation'), 9781250060419; e-book 9781466865648
Making a point: the pernickety story of English punctuation
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Making a point
An account, published in paperback in 2016, of the origins, development, and present-day use of all aspects of English punctuation.
Making a point: the persnickety story of English punctuation
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MaP US
This is an account of the origins, development, and present-day use of all aspects of English punctuation. It is the US hardback edition, published in 2016, and distinguished from its British cousin on the cover by a tiny alteration: 'pernickety' becomes 'persnickety'.
Making sense: the glamorous story of English grammar
London: Profile Books, 2017, xvii + 281 pp. (h/b) 9781781256015, (p/b) 9781781256022; New York: Oxford University Press, 2017, 9780190660574; audio book (8 CDs) by Recorded Books (New York, 2017), C04764
Making sense: the glamorous story of English grammar
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Making sense UK
An account of why grammar is important, how children acquire it, and how adults use it, with the emphasis on the crucial role of meaning (semantics) and use (pragmatics) in making the subject come alive. This is the paperback edition, published in 2017.
Making sense: the glamorous story of English grammar
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Making Sense glamorous
An account of why grammar is important, how children acquire it, and how adults use it, with the emphasis on the crucial role of meaning (semantics) and use (pragmatics) in making the subject come alive. This is the US hardback edition, published in 2017.
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 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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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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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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New Englishes: going local in Brazil
Braz-TESOL Newsletter, 2, 2010, 12-15
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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
On having one's fate ceeled
Paper for the launch of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, Royal Society of Arts, 4 May 1995
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On keeping one's hedges in order
English Today 15, 1988, 46-7
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On scales of contrast in English connected speech (with Randolph Quirk)
In C.E. Bazell, et al. (eds), In memory of J.R. Firth (London: Longman, 1966), 359-69
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On the track of language change
Practical English Teaching, December 1986, 57
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On trying to be Crystal-clear: a response to Phillipson
The European English Messenger 8(1), 1999, 59-65; reprinted with alterations [and toned down by editor!] in Applied Linguistics, 2000, 415-23
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Phonaesthetically speaking
English Today 42, 1995, 8-12
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Plurilingualism, pluridialectism, pluriformity
plenary paper for TESOL Spain annual conference, Bilbao, 10 March 2012; in M. Pilar Díez, Rebecca Place & Olga Fernández (eds), Plurilingualism: promoting co-operation between communities, people and nations (Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2012), 13-24
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Preface
In M. Manser & N. Turton, The Penguin Wordmaster Dictionary (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1987)
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Punch as a satirical usage guide
Paper (The English language in Punch 1841-1901) given to the English Usage Guides Symposium, Cambridge, 26 June 2014. In I. Tieken-Boon van Ostade (ed), English Usage Guides: HIstory, Advice, Attitudes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), 83-106
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Punctuation: Making a Point
Speak Up (Milano) 373, April 2016, 44-5 [transcription of audio recording]
Quote - unquote
e magazine 2, March 1999, 46-7
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Reithed in gloom
English Today 47, 1996, 38-40. Based on Independent on Sunday article, 11 February 1996
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Review of A.C. Gimson, An introduction to the pronunciation of English, 4th edn
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 5(3), 1988, 367-8
Review of Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
The Tablet, 14 October 1972, 979-80
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Review of D. Freeborn, A course book in English grammar
English Today 11, 1987, 42
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Review of D. Leith, A social history of English
The Listener, 1983
Review of E. Carney, A survey of English spelling
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 12 (2), 1996, 256
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Review of H. Hartvigsson, On the intonation and position of the so-called sentence modifiers in present-day English
Journal of the International Phonetics Association 1, 1971, 102-6
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Review of J.A. van Ek, Four complementary structures of predication
Lingua 22, 1969, 400-7.
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Review of J. Cresswell, Dictionary of First Names
The Tablet, 9 February 1991, 167-8
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Review of J.E. Towell & H.E. Sheppard, Acronyms, initialisms and abbreviations dictionaries
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3(3),1987, 365-6
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Review of J.W. Black, et al., The use of words in context
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 3(3), 1987, 366-7
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Review of L. Mugglestone, Talking proper
Times Higher Education Supplement, 7 July 1995, 19
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Review of Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 2
for Japanese office of Longman (Maruzen, 1987)
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Review of Manfred Görlach, A Dictionary of European Anglicisms and English in Europe
Times Higher Education Supplement, 15 August 2003
Review of Melvyn Bragg, The Adventure of English
The Sunday Times, 12 October 2003, 48
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Review of R. Burchfield, The English Language
The Month, January 1986, 34-5
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Review of R. McCrum, et al., The story of English
Sunday Telegraph, September 1986
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Review of Rodney Huddleston and Geoffrey Pullum, The Cambridge grammar of the English language
The Indexer 23(2), 108-9
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Review of Roger Lass, The shape of English
Times Literary Supplement, 25-31 March 1988, 327.
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Review of R. Quirk, et al, A Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language
The Listener, 27 June 1985, 26
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Review of R. Quirk, et al., A grammar of contemporary English
The Tablet, February 1973
Review of S. Greenbaum & J. Whitcut, 3rd edition of Gowers The complete plain words
English Today 9, 1987, 42-3
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Review of S. Greenbaum (ed.), The English language today, and R. Quirk & H. Widdowson (eds), English in the world
English Today 5, 1986, 46-7
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Review of S. Johansson & K. Hofland, Frequency analysis of English vocabulary and grammar
Child Language Teaching and Therapy 5(3), 1989, 366
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Safety in numbers
English Today 10, 1987, 41
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Shakespeare's Words
Shakespeares Words
This book was published by David and Ben Crystal in 2002, presenting the 14,000 or so words and expressions that can cause difficulty or be ambiguous to the modern reader. Each item is glossed and illustrated by at least one quotation, and a further thematic dimension is provided by over 60 panels and appendices, and diagrams of the character interactions in each play.
This book was published by David and Ben Crystal in 2002, presenting the 14,000 or so words and expressions that can cause difficulty or be ambiguous to the modern reader. Each item is glossed and illustrated by at least one quotation, and a further thematic dimension is provided by over 60 panels and appendices, and diagrams of the character interactions in each play.
Single and double 'l'
Editing Matters (Society for Editors and Proofreaders), May/June 2005, 11
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Sounds appealing: the passionate story of English pronunciation
(London: Profile Books, 2018), 296 pp. 9781781256091
Sounds appealing: the passionate story of English pronunciation
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Sounds Appealing
Published in 2018, an exploration of all aspects of English pronunciation, using a wide range of illustrations from past and present-day states of the language, along with some thoughts about the future.
Speak out!
10 talks for Radio 4, August-October 1982
Specification and English tenses
Journal of Linguistics 2, 1966, 1-34
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Spell it Out: the Singular Story of English Spelling
Spell it out
Published in 2012, an account of the way English spelling has developed its present character, arguing that the task of learning to spell can be eased if we understand where the irregularities come from.
Published in 2012, an account of the way English spelling has developed its present character, arguing that the task of learning to spell can be eased if we understand where the irregularities come from.
Spell it out: the singular story of English spelling
(London: Profile Books, 2012), vii + 328 pp. (h/b) 9781846685675; (p/b, 2013) 9781846685682; (ebook) 9781847658227; US edn (New York: St Martin's Press, 2012, subtitle 'the curious, enthralling, and extraordinary story of English spelling'), (h/b) 9781250003478; (ebook) 9781250028860
Standard English and its variants
In B. Pattison (ed.), The mind of man (London: Grolier, 1966), 82-6
Sticking together; It's its; New words for old; Off colour?; No grammar? No way; Fly BA to LA?; Look it up
Items for the Better English Campaign press pack, 1996
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Still finicking with trifles, largely
Otto Jespersen Memorial Lecture, 1996, in A. Zettersten, V.H. Pedersen & J.E. Mogensen (eds), Symposium on Lexiography 8 (Tubingen: Niemeyer, 1998), 37-47
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Subcontinent raises its voice
Guardian Weekly: Learning English, 19-25 November 2004, 1-2
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Swimming with the tide in a sea of language change
Australian Language Matters 1996
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Swimming with the tide in a sea of language change
. IATEFL Issues 149, June-July 1999, 2-4; adapted from Australian Language Matters 1996
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Syntax matters
Proceedings of the National Conference of Teachers of the Deaf 1972
Taboo or not taboo: grin and swear it
English Today 7, 1986, 34-5
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Taking care of the sense
Longman Language Review, 4, 1998, 2-4
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The best tense we ever had
English Today 6, 1986, 28
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The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language, 3rd edn
The cambridge encyclopedia of language
First published in 1987, this best-selling encyclopedia was completely redesigned and updated for its 3rd edition in 2010, with additional sections on recent developments, especially in phonetics, language disability, and electronic communication.
First published in 1987, this best-selling encyclopedia was completely redesigned and updated for its 3rd edition in 2010, with additional sections on recent developments, especially in phonetics, language disability, and electronic communication.
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
Cambridge: CUP, 1995, vii+489 pp. 0 521 40179 8; paperback edition, 1997, vii+489 pp. 0 521 59655 6
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
Cambridge: CUP, 2003, 2nd edition, vii+499 pp. 0 521 82348 X; paperback edition 0 521 53033 4
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
(Cambridge: CUP, 1997), paperback edn vii+489 pp. 0521596556
The Cambridge encyclopedia of the English language
(Cambridge: CUP, 2003), 2nd edn, vii+499 pp. 052182348X; paperback 0521530334
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, 2nd edn
Encyclopedia of the English Language
First published in 1995, the 2003 edition of this best-selling encyclopedia on the history, structure, and variety of English worldwide adds fresh material on global English, a new chapter on the English of the Internet, additional illustrations, and a general updating of statistics and bibliography.
First published in 1995, the 2003 edition of this best-selling encyclopedia on the history, structure, and variety of English worldwide adds fresh material on global English, a new chapter on the English of the Internet, additional illustrations, and a general updating of statistics and bibliography.
The changing English language
NELLE Newsletter 2 (1), October 1991, 2-4. Reprinted in LEND: lingua e nuova didattica 21, 1992, 13-17
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The changing English language: fiction and fact
Thirty years of linguistic evolution (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1992), 119-30
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The complexity of spoken English
Speech and Drama 21, 1972, 2-6
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The consequences of global English
in Word for Word: the social, economic and political impact of Spanish and English, Instituto Cervantes and the British Council (Madrid: Santillana, 2011), 67-72
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The disappearing dictionary: a treasury of lost dialect words
(London: Macmillan), xxiii + 225 pp. 9781447282808
The English language
Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1988, x+288 pp. 0 14 013532 4; 0 14 022730 X; Japanese translation 1989, 4 314 00522 X; Korean translation 1992, no ISBN; Japanese part adaptation, 1990, as The uses of English (Tokyo: Eihosha), 102 pp, no ISBN; Japanese part adaptation, 1990, as The English language (Tokyo: Kirihara Shoten), 107 pp. 4 342 52000 1
The English language
London: Penguin, 2002, 2nd edition, xii+312 pp. 0 14 100396 0
The English language
In Sphere History of Literature, 10 (ed. with W.F. Bolton; London: Sphere, 1987), ix +362 pp. (Revision of W.F. Bolton, 1975) 0 7221 7977 4; reprinted, 1993 (Harmondsworth: Penguin), 0 14 017760 4
The English language: essays by linguists and men of letters, Vol. 2 1858-1964 (ed. with W.F. Bolton)
Cambridge: CUP, 1969, xiii+325 pp. 0 521 07325 1; 0 521 09545 X
The fight for English
Oxford: OUP, 2006, xi+239 pp. 0 19 920764 X
The Fight for English
The Fight for English
Published in 2006, this book was written in response to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but broadened its coverage to provide a critique of the entire prescriptive tradition in the history of English.
Published in 2006, this book was written in response to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots and Leaves, but broadened its coverage to provide a critique of the entire prescriptive tradition in the history of English.
The fight for English
Two scripts for Lingua Franca, ABC, November 2006
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